Orange army railway workers release Christmas song

A gang of singing railway workers today made a rowdy bid to top the Christmas pop charts.

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The Orange Army Choristers, engineers from Network Rail's track team at Rugby in Warwickshire, posted "Away on the railway," a re-work of the 1885 Christmas classic 'Away in a manger,' on social media.

Ryan Buckley, an Orange Army Chorister and track operative at Rugby, said: "What we lack in vocal flair we more than make up for in festive cheer - and good looks.

"While none of us are likely to be giving up the day job any time soon, we hope our crimbo crooning brings a smile to people's faces - and reminds them that we, the orange army, are upgrading their railway this Christmas."

The four-verse carol, 45 seconds in length, was posted on Twitter, YouTube and on the company's website.

If you want to sing along, here are the words:

Away on the railway

Away on the railway

We work on the track

We're grafting through Christmas

Until we hand back


A bigger, better railway

That we’re building for you

One that's quicker and slicker 

Cos that’s we do


Just shovelling and grafting

No turkey for us

We're working through Christmas

No moaning, no fuss


We are the orange army

And we're working for you

Upgrading your railway

So it's shiny and new



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