Money-making efforts for a heritage railway development are to take a musical twist, with the release of a fund-raising choo-choo-tune.
Volunteers of the Aln Valley Railway (AVR) have teamed up with Lionheart Harmony to produce the catchy track.
The lyrics have been written by AVR members Ron Bernstein and Dave Vinten.
Cheryl Camm, of the Harmony group, has arranged the song, to the tune of Chattanooga Choo Choo, which was originally recorded as a big-band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.
Ron said: “Lack of money is always a problem and the AVR is always thinking of novel, innovative ways of raising money.
“The track is designed as a fund-raising project and the railway hopes that when the track is available we will get a lot of public support.
“I can’t say categorically, but I am 99.9 per cent sure that no other heritage railway has done something like this before.”
Gary Brown, of Lionheart Harmony, added: “It is a pleasure to be involved with this project.”
Performing rights have been granted by EMI, the rights owner.
The price of the track is not yet confirmed and it is hoped that it will be released at Easter, to coincide with the railway’s 2014 season opening.
The AVR development aims to reopen the Alnwick to Alnmouth branchline. Work started in Alnwick in 2012.
THE ALN VALLEY RAILWAY SONG LYRICS
To the tune of
Chattanooga Choo Choo, which is a 1941 song by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon. It was originally recorded as a big-band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade.
Hi there Ron! What you say?
Step aside gadgies! Out my way!
Bend your ear and listen to my version
Of a real bari Northumberland excursion!
Pardon me boy, is this the Aln Valley Railway?
We have one track; take you there, bring you back.
You can afford to board the Aln Valley Railway:
We’ve got one fare, you’ll have money to spare.
You leave our Lionheart station from Alnwick on time,
Travelling along the new reopened branchline,
Eventually turning south, arrive at Alnmouth,
Where you can connect to the East Coast main line.
When you hear the whistle blowing eight to the bar,
Then you know that Alnmouth ain’t really that far.
Shovel lots of coal in, keep old Richboro rolling.
Toot! Toot! Whoosh and shush and there you are!
You can afford to ride the Aln Valley Railway.
Plan to finish the line, about 2-0-1-9!
Plenty to do at the Aln Valley Railway,
Come meet the crew, who’ll be chuffed if you do.
You’ll have some fun on the Aln Valley Railway
Where you’ll meet the team and be held in esteem.
Have a good time on the Aln Valley Railway,
Travelling the track, click, click, clicketty clack!
There’s gonna be a great big party at the station,
A really great time, cos we’ve finished the line.
Then we can boast we’ve really linked the castle to the coast!
So Aln Valley Railway, come on choo choo me home!