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Iron Road

As popular music developed the songs about the railway echoed popular music shifts including the Charleston, Blues, Dixieland Jazz, The Twist, Hucklebuck, Stomp etc

            
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For most of us our first contact with trains comes in childhood with lullabies and songs:

Engine, engine, number nine
On its’ way to Clementine
If the train comes off the track
Will I get my money back?

A peanut sat on a railway track
Its heart was all a-flutter
Around the corner came the 4.15
Bang! Crash! Peanut butter

Polly on the railway road
Picking up stones,
Along came an engine
And broke poor Polly’s bones
Oh! Said Polly, ‘that’s not fair,’
‘Poof!’ said the engine,
I don’t care!”

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot
Off we go!

Down by the station
Early in the morning
See the little pufferbellies
All in a row

See the station master
Turn the little handle
Puff, puff, toot, toot
Off we go!

If one was to identify the top 6 early childhood iconic toys I’m certain that Thomas The Tank Engine would be right up there with Winnie the Pooh, Bob the Builder, Postman Pat and maybe even Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

The pioneer railways were also a product of their times. Britain, Ireland, America and some parts of Europe had already seen massive advancements in rail and despite our small population base we appeared determined to build railways. This most probably had a great deal to do with the size of the continent and the fact that the discovery of gold had seen the opening up of the outback. Cobb & Co, the celebrated coaching firm and the carrier of the Royal Mail on a grand scale, was also seen to be too slow and it was inevitable it would give way to the Iron Horse. A steam train did not depend on the temper of the horses or state of the road, and so could leave on time

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