Thursday 22 August 2019

Railway engineers lay down festive track for commuters

The rail workers behind the Christmas song (Network Rail/PA Wire)
The rail workers behind the Christmas song (Network Rail/PA Wire)

A group of railway engineers working over Christmas have released a festive song.

The Network Rail staff from Rugby, Warwickshire posted their version of Away In A Manger on social media.

The carol includes the verse: "Just shovelling and grafting, n o turkey for us. We're working through Christmas, n o moaning, no fuss."

One of the singers, track operative Ryan Buckley, said: "What we lack in vocal flair we more than make up for in festive cheer - and good looks.

"While none of us are likely to be giving up the day job any time soon, we hope our crimbo crooning brings a smile to people's faces - and reminds them that we, the orange army, are upgrading their railway this Christmas."

A video of the group performing the song was posted on Network Rail's YouTube page and the Twitter account of its press office.

A number of lines across the country will be closed over the festive period as up to 200 improvement projects costing £103 million are carried out.

Work to build Crossrail means no trains will operate in or out of London Paddington from the early hours of Christmas Eve until December 29, including services to Heathrow Airport.

Manchester and Cardiff are among the other cities seriously impacted by line closures.

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