Crauser Bailey

Iron Road



This printed version of what we now know as ‘Cosher Bailey’ is interesting because, as the article points out: ‘An old Welsh railway song much in vogue in those days when railway engines were new and fearsome things, and when the man who drove them was a man of mark.’`

Crauser Bailey had an engine
A puffin’ and a blowin’
When she come into the station
She would frighten all the nation.

Crauser Bailey he has been
Up to London to see the Queen
She would give him bread and jam,
And he would say – “Thank you, mam.”

Was you ever see?
Was you ever see?
Was you ever see
Such a sight before?

Newspaper Cuttings. Vol 107. Mitchell Q339.5 circa 1860