Video: Network Rail track workers get into the Christmas spirit early

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Network Rail track workers based at Rugby, Warwickshire, have got into the Christmas spirit early.

Faced with spending the upcoming holiday period at work, maintaining and upgrading the railway while it is closed over Christmas, the ‘Orange Army Choristers’ composed and performed their own four-verse carol to the tune of the popular ‘Away in a Manger’.

One of their number, Ryan Buckley, commented: “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.”

If you want to sing along, the words are:

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

Happy Christmas!

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