As the railways became part of daily routine they increasingly became the subject of satire. Music Hall songs and monologues feature strongly in this category. The pieces reflect the robust humour of their time and do not hesitate to make jokes about death and mutilation. The complexity of the railways made life difficult for passengers and the confusion surrounding railway procedures and timetabling is a common theme. Muddle and incompetence reigns in the world depicted in these items.

Some comic songs will also be found under the heading of Railway Workers.


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