The Welsh-built Central Rly. of Chubut
A poem of protest, published in Y Drafod of 5 November 1915
The Trelew Train Time-table
From the hand of Mr Abel
We've received your new time-table,
And we've studied it until we're nearly blind.
Will you let us know by cable
Just as soon as you are able,
If its meaning is quite clear within your mind.
We have known a lot of railways,
Steamship lines and penny tramways
But such problem we have rarely met before
To be certain of the train days
And the days that are but lay days,
So we wish you to inform us somewhat more.
If we wish to pass a week end
And our battered nerves mend
By the sad and salty wavelets of the sea,
We must quite a lot of cash spend
If the service you will not mend
Or provide us board and lodgings that are free.
We've perused the works of Bradshaw
Dealing with all kinds of train law,
And at times they've really made us quite perplexed,
But your time table's like a jig saw
Dating from the days of Esau
And we must say we feeling more than vexed.
Noting how the table's dated
It has come to hand belated
But of this we do not seriously complain.
This, we know is estimated,
It most certainly is fated
That some passengers are bound to miss the trains.
With the spread of education
And night classes in the station,
Perhaps your timetable we in time may understand.
As it is, the rare formation
Makes one have a great trepidation
To remark that now it really beats the band.