The Railway Station

This picture is taken from the platform at the Railway Station last night. I went to school here in Amersfoort, the place where I live now. When I was a boy those fences on the right in the picture weren’t there and neither weren’t there any buildings. Just flat grass land.

Every morning in Autumn and Winter we took the train to School, in Spring and Summer we used our pushbikes. We used to stand there waiting for a train loaded with brand new Volkswagen cars from Germany to arrive and move slowly onto the track that goes to the right in the picture.

This train moved past the bike shed of our school and we often used it for the rest of our journey. The only thing we had to do was throw our school bag on one of the wagons, run and then jump on and jump off behind that bike shed. It saved us a good two mile walk from the Railway Station to School.

Sometimes the Rector Magnificat would be watching us from the window in his office at the top floor when we arrived there and he would call us to his room to warn us never to do it again. Yeah right.


Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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