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16.12.16

Orange Army Choristers release Christmas carol cover

A group of Network Rail engineers set to work over Christmas have released a seasonal song to keep up the festive spirit.

The Orange Army Choristers, engineers from Network Rail’s track team in Rugby, Warwickshire, have posted their 45-second long cover of Away In A Manger on Network Rail’s YouTube channel, Twitter account and main website.

The four verse cover, ‘Away on the Railway’, looks to highlight the engineers’ dedication to working over the Christmas period by including the verse: “Just shovelling and grafting, no turkey for us/We’re working through Christmas: no moaning, no fuss.”

One of the singers, track operative Ryan Buckley, 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.”

A number of lines across the country will be closed over the Christmas and New Year period as up to 200 improvement projects are carried out.

Network Rail has advised passengers to plan their journey ahead of Christmas and New Year with work due to start on projects across the network on Christmas Eve.

Passengers have been advised to find a breakdown of how their journeys may be affected over the festive period by visiting nationalrail.co.uk/Christmas and following #ChristmasWorks on Twitter.

So if RTM readers are feeling ‘bah, humbug’ about Christmas, just smile, think of the Orange Army Choristers and thank God it’s them instead of you.

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