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The Regulation Act 1868 required that every passenger train travelling more than 20 miles without stopping to be provided with 'such efficient means' of communication as the board might approve. It accepted a cord-and-bell system which was in force when this song was published. The Regulation Act of 1889 required that passenger trains be fitted with continuous brakes. [i] When the song was published there was no through corridor for guard. In order to answer the "check-string" the guard would order the train to stop and walk down the outside of the train to answer the passenger's call. The First corridor-throughout train was operated by the Great Western Railway between Paddington and Birkenhead in 1892 [ii]

References:
[i] Simmons, Jack & Biddle, Gordon (Eds) - The Oxford Companion to British Railway History ( Oxford University Press, 1997) pp95-96
[ii] Simmons & Biddle, p77