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[Note 294.1] Karl Dallas wrote(i) that this was "One of the first songs Jim Ward wrote was about his experiences working for the London and North Eastern Railway."
(i) 100 Songs of Toil p

[Note 294.2] During the depression 750 London van guards like him were offered jobs 'down the line', Ward recalled that 'For me and them it was a process of transfers from job to job to get back to one's home station,' he recalls. 'I had five transfers back to Bishopsgate.' " The practice of moving workers from place to place was well established. See for example bar005 ~ All Change for Llafairfechan.

insert 294Bishopsgate.png Bishopsgate goods yard; June 1925. The yard was destroyed by fire in 1964. See Bishopsgate Depot Fire (bar658) by the same author

[Note 294.3] Ward's experience driving a horse-drawn van informs his song A-Working on the Railway (bar353)

[Note 294.4] This suggests that the author moved from horse-drawn vehicles to motor vehicles.


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