Steaming from the tunnel comes a grim dark engine
With a dim flat face cast in iron and unstoppable.
In its clanging pistons reeds and river-weed are caught.
Vivid green algae coats its dreadnought visage.
Cut off from the mainline it is an engine of darkness
Reconstructed piece by piece in the dank and rusty tunnel
From smashed metal parts by subterranean little people
Emerging into daylight in a cloud of black smoke.
At the red and scolding flames stoking up its engine
Is a goblin driver with a maniacal grin
In a tweed flat cap and filthy navy overalls
Reciting unknown stations in a feral tongue.
Its carriages are luminous with elfish women
Who turn in wedding gowns beneath chandeliers
With manicured hands chinking glasses of champagne.
Their smiles are eternal so long as their drinks are full.
This grim dark engine brings a message from the gods,
A voice from the pits cut off from the mainline.
“For the chance of a lifetime to see beneath the city
Get your ticket and climb aboard the Mile train!”
*The Mile Tunnel is a mile long abandoned tunnel that runs from Maudlands in Preston to Deepdale. It closed in 1980 and already has the reputation of being a haunted place. More information can be found on Blog Preston: http://www.blogpreston.co.uk/2010/05/haunted-train-tunnel/