The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

From the Southern Travellers Handbook for 1965/66 - Introduction

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Introduction

I hope that this handbook will interest our customers and provide useful information as well on the services which British Railways in general, and the Southern Region in particular, can now offer.
We are naturally taking this opportunity to explain some of our problems and to publicise many of our achievements. But our prime purpose has been to produce a book of general value to all who live in the South.
We shall be revising and re-issuing this handbook each year and recovering most of its cost from advertisements and the revenue from sales.
I hope that when you have read it you will feel that we have achieved most of what we set out to do - and that you will look forward with pleasure to the next edition.


D. McKenna, General Manager, Southern Region

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