…both actual trains and metaphorical trains, as in a recent Biden social media post: 100 days in–and America is getting back on track.
So I’ll give him a railroad story, actually a poem, the following excerpt from which was quoted by Winston Churchill in 1935:
Who is in charge of the clattering train?
The axles creak, and the couplings strain.
For the pace is hot, and the points are near,
and Sleep hath deadened the driver’s ear
And signals flash through the night in vain
Death is in charge of the clattering train!
Original poem here; it appears that Churchill in his excerpt combined part of the first verse with part of the last. The poem, which was published in 1890, was inspired by an actual railroad accident.