Glory : Yorkshire, England

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Harry Potter train North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Ronnie Yousefzadeh-Bindra ©

Famously seen in ‘Harry Potter’, a train from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’, chugs along, as it has done, for over a century.

By the grace of God, inventions such as the steam engine have resulted in ‘glory of the state.’

“Observe for instance that in other countries they persevered over a long period until finally they discovered the power of steam and by means of it were enabled easily to perform the heavy tasks which were once beyond human strength. How many centuries it would take if we were to abandon the use of this power and instead strain every nerve to invent a substitute. It is therefore preferable to keep on with the use of steam and at the same time continuously to examine into the possibility of there being a far greater force available…those procedures which, down the ages, have time and again been put to the test and whose many uses and advantages have demonstrably resulted in the glory and greatness of the state, and the well-being and progress of the people.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilisation. Pages 101-116: 113

Ronnie is founder and former co-editor of Nineteen Months
and shoots from the hip with a Nikon. Ronnie hails from London, England and falls asleep when he takes his socks off.


  1. Pascale

    6 April, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Ronnie, this is such a spectacular shot! It’s perfect and I love it. Hope you’re well!

  2. Rosemary

    6 April, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    This is a wonderful photograph!! There is a lot of movement, texture and sense of direction in this! It all comes together well and the quotation found to go with it fits perfectly!! :)