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Jock Ellis

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Work songs
« on: April 17, 2013, 11:18:48 PM »
What songs or chants do the gandy dancers sing as they move the rail into position?
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Re: Work songs
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2013, 06:05:46 AM »
When laying track and moving the rail from a work flat to the ties: "Ready...lift!  North!  Stop!  Down!"

When lining track: "Ready - one, two, THREE!"

We don't sing or chant much.

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Re: Work songs
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2013, 06:41:46 AM »
I've heard Fred yodel sing but I don't think it was doing track work.

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Re: Work songs
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2013, 11:56:59 AM »
I've heard trackmen singing... "Bless be the tie that binds."
Somehow it seemed appropriate.

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Re: Work songs
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2013, 10:46:25 PM »
I've heard trackmen singing... "Bless be the tie that binds."
Somehow it seemed appropriate.
For those who are replacing ties, we could write a new version, "Blessed be the tie that doesn't bind."

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Re: Work songs
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2013, 09:38:45 PM »
"What songs or chants do the gandy dancers sing as they move the rail into position?"

SPRINGSTEEN!
At least, that's what I always sing.  ;)