The track “Dream of Firsby Station” comes from the Pete Green album “We’re Never Going Home”, released 24 July 2016.
The protagonists in this historical love song are together at Firsby station in Lincolnshire, at some indeterminate point before its closure in 1970. Against this narrative from the past, I’ve juxtaposed video footage and sound from the present day.
The audio includes field recordings taken at the site of the former Firsby station, among which birdsong and passing traffic can be heard quite clearly. Like the field recordings, the video footage used here was taken on 16 May 2016. I recorded this using my tablet, through the window of my train on the Boston to Skegness line, travelling westbound in the early evening around 4km west of Thorpe Culvert station.
Firsby village can be seen in the distance from around 1:40 to 2:00. As this section begins the train has slowed considerably to take the tight bend at what was once Firsby South junction (a sign glimpsed at 2:15 appears to indicate a 25mph limit). Later in the video the train can be seen to have regained speed as the railway continues in a perfectly straight line for the remaining 20km or so to Boston.