‘In York Station, the gas lamps were all lit.
It was a wide, grand place. Birds would fly right through under the mighty span, and that roof kept most of the rain out too, apart from the odd little waterfall coming down through gaps in the glass.
I was on the main through platform on the ‘up’ side – number four, although it was the number one in importance, and crowded now, as ever, and with a dark shine to all the polished brass and the black enamel signs, pointing outwards like signals as you walked along: ‘Gentlemen’s Waiting Rooms First Class’, ‘Ladies’ Waiting Rooms First Class’, ‘Refreshment Rooms’, ‘Left Luggage’, ‘Station Hotel’ and ‘Teas’.
No lost-luggage place in sight, however, although I knew that York, as the head station of its territory, did boast one, and that practically any article left on any train in the county came through it.’
I wonder how this person knows that York has a lost luggage place?
Why would they need to know where the lost luggage place is?
Are they going to be working in this department, or have they lost some item of luggage in the station, or on a train?
They say that the first lines of a story, are always the most difficult to set down on paper. It seems to me, that they may also be the most definitive, as I find they often set the scene in my mind, even before I have turned the first page.
I can already picture this monolithic, Edwardian station building, with it’s leaking roof, full of travellers from all walks of life, appearing then disappearing from sight into the plumes of smoke and soot being belched into the atmosphere from the many steam trains arriving and departing…
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The Lost Luggage Porter (Jim Stringer Mystery) is from my own TBR pile, was originally purchased by myself from a charity shop and has since been read by my father.
UPDATE 18th MARCH 2012
My review of ‘The Lost Luggage Porter’ is now available to read here.