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[Note 122.1] A reference to the system whereby a man waited at home util he was called out to work. If he wasn't there when the knocker-up called, he lost a day's pay.

[Note 122.2] Wetness on the rails caused driving wheels to lose traction

[Note 122.3] A Perfect Day was published in 1910 and was very popular. The lines "you sit alone with your thought" and "Well, this is the end of a perfect day, Near the end of a journey, too" must have had particular ironic force.

When you come to the end of a perfect day,
And you sit alone with your thought,
While the chimes ring out with a carol gay
For the joy that the day has brought,
Do you think what the end of a perfect day
Can mean to a tired heart,
When the sun goes down with a flaming ray,
And the dear friends have to part?

Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
Near the end of a journey, too;
But it leaves a thought that is big and strong,
With a wish that is kind and true.
For mem'ry has painted this perfect day
With colors that never fade,
And we find at the end of a perfect day
The soul of a friend we've made.

[Note 122.4] If footplate men finished their turn a long way from home they slept in the barracks: company hostels where drivers and firemen ate at separate tables. Below is the Banbury Lodge owned by the Great Western. Note the partitions do not reach the ceiling

 

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