The Railway Overture
The Railway Overture is a performed minstrel performance from the 18th century.
The original text
Quite probably either a version of a popular American minstrel song from the mid 19th century called The Railroad Overture or The Railroad Overture or Locumloshus Jimjam, and/or something known as Locomotive Lecture.
See the discussion in "Railroad Overture", on the website The JUBA Project
Performance history in South Africa
1860: A Railway Overture was performed by the Corps of S.A. Minstrels in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, along with plays put on by the Cape Town Dramatic Club on 9 October: Two Heads are Better than One (Horne), The Man of Many Friends (Coyne) and an interlude of songs such as Lord Lovell etc. by a "lady from London". This performance took place in the Theatre Royal under the patronage of the Governor of the Cape.
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