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This is an exaggeration of the slowness of stage coaches and the speed of railway trains. London to Edinburgh took 3 or 4 days by coach c1850 [i]. In 1845 (just before this song was written) it took 10 hours to get from London to Newcastle, some considerable distance short of Edinburgh [ii] [i] [ii] Freeman, Michael and Aldercroft, Derek The Atlas of British Railway History (London, Guild Publishing, 1985) p27


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