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The Railway Children
Fortune Always Favours the Bold
music & lyrics by Stephen Kingsbury

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The entire cast is on stage. The revolve is set to show Perks’ little office. Sir Hector, the Director of GNR is stood on a small box. Perks addresses the audience:
 
Perks In all me years as porter at this charming station
This is by far the proudest moment that I've 'ad
A loyal and dutiful career
There's been a Perks as porter 'ere
Back to me Grandpa's Dad when I were just a lad
 
In his element now, Perks starts his well-rehearsed presentation:
 
Perks Now this station has a fascinating hist'ry
But the reason why they built it
In the middle of a marsh remains a myst'ry
The original intention was an overdue extension...
 
Sir Hector gets out of his seat and whispers quietly in Perks’ ear and slips him a piece of paper.
 
Perks To the Brackenbourne to Brackenbury Branch...

Without further much ado
Let me introduce to you
 

There is a short pause as he reads from the paper.
 
Perks Sir Hector who apart from being
Rector of this parish
Is Sir Hector Arthur Spector
The Director of this sector of the GNR,
 
Perks takes his seat next to Bobbie. There is some polite applause as the rather pompous Sir Hector takes the stage.
 
Sir Hector As Director of the GNR, my friends
An important duty I effectuate
Is to ensure that each departing train arrives on time
Because the customers complain when they are late!

I am very glad to say
That on the fateful day
Once the blockage on the track was cleared away
The train worked up a head of steam
It got ahead of time So at its final destination
There was quite some consternation
When it turned up at eleven fifty-eight
And not eleven fifty-nine!

There is a moral nested there among the rocks and mud
It is an aphorism mother would relate:
Although it's better to be late than 'dead on time'
It's even better to ensure you're never late!
 

All Although it's better to be late than 'dead on time'
It's even better to ensure you're never late!
 
Perks Sir Hector, with respect,
I think you've missed the point
These children were the heroes of the day
A reminder to us all
That when you're brave and standing tall
However small you are
The larger brutes are easier to slay
 
Passengers & Perks Only courage, heart and sense
Reveal a power that's quite immense
And in staying calm and thinking clear
There's nothing in the world you have to fear!
It's down to them that we are here today
And it just remains to say:
That never in the field of public transport
Has so much been owed to quite so a few
And by so many passengers as this
So collectively we thank
The saviours of the train
And if the GNR will last a thousand years
People still will say
That was their finest day
Indeed it was their finest hour!
 
Perks When you've the courage to square up to the danger
When you've the sense to know just what to do
When you've the heart for fellow feeling
And the patience of a saint to see it through
These qualities combine
To make your own luck over time
Remember these words
As true today as when they first were told:
Fortune always favours the bold!
 
Passengers & Perks They showed wisdom, they showed wit
They showed mettle, they showed grit
Never need rely on luck
With such audacity and pluck
Never daunted, always brave
Never mind how close the shave
This feat of derring-do
So well timed and right on cue
 
Perks Ladies and gentlemen, before they are awarded their gifts, I invite the heroes of the day to give a few words.
 
Children Although we're really grateful
For this generous reception
If we're honest it was really an exciting kind of game!
We only did what anybody else would do
To stop the chuffing train
But thank you all the same!
 
Passengers & Perks How does one define an act of courage
Is it never giving up when others do?
What makes someone stay to fight
When others have just taken flight?
One must stand and face the fear
Like our gallant gang of fearless heroes here!

When you've the courage to square up to the danger
When you've the sense to know just what to do
When you've the heart for fellow feeling
And patience of a saint to see it through
These qualities combine
To make your own luck over time
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Children Although we're really grateful
For this generous reception
If we're honest it was really an exciting kind of game!
We only did what anybody else would do
To stop the train
But thank you all the same!
 
All Remember these words
As true today as when they first were told:
Success will visit those who break the mould

The Roman writers tell us that:
'Fortes fortuna adiuvat'
According to a sample we polled:
Fortune always favours the bold!
Ev'rything around you will be turning to gold
Did we mention:
Fortune always favours the bold!