Now the engineer eyed the designer
An’ the designer, he looked at ‘The Hat’
An’ they whispered, the one till the other,
‘Diagonal Steam Trap? ………….. What’s that?’
Now meanwhile oul’ Jimmy had scarpered
Away down to throw in he’s boord (timesheet)
When up came the Gaffer to Jimmy, says he,
Do you think like, we could have a wee word?
Do you see that Diagonal Steam Trap,
Ah know it’s left out, it’s bad luck!
But the Engine Shop’s terrible busy
Do you think you could knock us one up?’
Now oul’ Jimmy was laughing his head off
He had made it all up for a geg
He had seen what was stopping the engine
The feed pipe was blocked wi’ a reg!
An’ he shoved his hands in his pockets
He says, ‘Aye, I’ll give it a han’
I’ll knock yez up one in the mornin’
An’ the whole bloody thing will be grand.
Now the very next morning he started
To make what he called a Steam Trap
An aul tin box, a few bits of tubing
An’ a steam gauge stuck on the top
An’ he welds it all onto the engine
An’ he says till the gathering mob
As long as that gauge is at zero
The Steam Trap is doing it’s job!
Then he pulls the reg out o’ the feed pipe
An’ he says, ‘Let’s give it a try!’
Bejaysus, it goes like the clappers
Says Jimmy, ‘I think that’s her, nigh!’