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Ode to the stationary engine

  • Steam engines bellowing, swirling black smoke
  • Keeping them going by shovelling in coke
  • Slow in their motions, But mighty in strength
  • Folk come from miles to see them at length
  • Trucks, tractors, cycles & classic car
  • But stationary engines outweigh them by far
  • Owners sit proudly behind each machine
  • Getting up often to polish & clean
  • The brass on the pipes and the oil overflowing
  • Until once again the old engine is glowing
  • They go red in the face as the flywheels they turn
  • Then smile with relief, or frown with concern
  • If that stationary engine refuses to start
  • Then they're off to the stalls, to find a new part
  • They search in vain, until what do they see?
  • Yes! Just the right bit for the old Lister D
  • So when you see men, and their womenfolk too
  • Sitting relaxing with engines like new
  • Think of the work, the fun and the pleasure
  • That these chaps have had, before sitting in leisure

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