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[Note 332.1] The sheet music is "respectfully dedicated by the author to the chairman and directors of the London and North Western Railway.

The song was printed at least three times as a broadside. Below is the headblock of a broadside printed by W.S. Fortey, Printer, Monmouth ct., London, W.C. states that "Music published by J.W. Trayherne 14, Charles street, Soho square

[Note 332.2] The first 'Irish Mail' trains left London Euston for Holyhead in the summer of 1848

[Note 332.3] "We'd stopped at Rugby when the lady called me to her side" - When this song was written the guard travelled in his brake van and was unable to get to the passenger while the train was moving. If a passenger wished to call the guard he or she had to wait until the train stopped at a station.

[Note 332.4] "When underneath the seat, where she sat, how very shocking / Was a basket of game fowls that had been pecking at her stocking" - The so-called "Parliamentary Trains" introduced by Gladstone allowed every passenger to carry 56 pounds of baggage, free of charge.
Country people began using the crowded third-class carriages to carry goods to market.

[Note 332.5] "A warning this to young men be, the danger here is shown / Of riding in a train at night with a female all alone" - Lone women travelling on trains were a source of anxiety during the 1860s. These anxieties are the basis of other songs, notably bar058~ The Charming Young Widow I Met On The Train

 

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