Wales’ favorite train conductor now sings Christmas carols when you arrive at your station
If you’ve been on a South Wales train line over the years, chances are you’ve heard a musical performance over the loudspeaker of Wales’ favorite conductor.
Now, as part of his effort to spread joie de vivre and “friendliness” throughout the Christmas season, always-tuned railroad worker Chris Edwards entertains passengers with Christmas carols and seasonal songs. .
The devout Christian has become an internet sensation with his clever performances using stops across South Wales in his songs, brightening up the journeys and days of passengers.
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From Walking to a Winter Wonderland to Wham’s Last Christmas, Chris announces stops across train stops in South Wales with his musical performances.
With a catalog of musical numbers at his disposal, the conductor prefers to enter a song as the train arrives at a designated stop, providing passengers with information on a pleasant and catchy tune.
“I never really thought I’d end up singing announcements, it just kind of happened.
“I’ve always been quite creative in my approach to work,” said the 59-year-old.
Having always been a musical character, Chris, born in Newport, wanted to incorporate it into his work after noticing the “feel-good factor” people pick up when they recognize a familiar tune.
Armed with a collection of catchphrases to surprise a smiling passenger, Chris is the man behind “wave your tickets in the air like you don’t care”.
This is not the first time that the singer has tried to entertain his trip by admitting before that he has already organized a quiz on trains.
“Just think outside the box, while being in a service industry and making sure our passengers get from A to B safely, we are also loosely in the entertainment business,” he said. he declares.
“It’s important to make people happy and give them a good experience because ultimately we want people to come back on the train.
“They pay my salary, so I want people to really appreciate what we’re doing.”
With uncertainty lingering about getting home for the holiday season and the current climate less than ideal for the season, Chris argues his role is now more important than ever.
“There are a lot of people who go through challenges like grief or loneliness, the same people who walk down Main Street are the same people who get on my train.
“Our main priority is to give them good service but also to make them smile.
The singer reveals his musical journey when he admits to having been in a Christian metal band for over 30 years but “that’s a whole different story”.
But these days it’s less about singing songs to the cacophony of loud guitars and more about melodic songs about Christmas.
He smiled: “It only makes the season stronger, Christmas is a real time to be together and sometimes our passengers come home to an environment where they just don’t want to know, it’s important to have that vibe.
“Whether people really like it or just smile at each other, it’s all good for me.
A train conductor for over 15 years, Chris has been singing at stops for several years and has no plans to stop in the near future.
“It always makes me happy when people give me feedback, I remember two passengers ended up talking to each other and guessing the songs and ended up going for coffee afterwards.
“These people were complete strangers and they went out of their way to thank me and it made me realize how important what I do is.
“The conversation is a bit lost when you see people on laptops, cell phones, and their electronics. Just having a conversation with another human is a lot more to you.
“If I can encourage people to talk to each other through my whimsical songs, then that’s only going to be a good thing,” he said.
The pictures of the conductor have garnered widespread praise on social media in recent weeks, with one passenger claiming he had “made his day.”
Rhian Lowell was on the train en route to Swansea when she heard the musical announcements over the loudspeaker.
Struggling to control his laughter, Rhian pulled out his phone to record the scenes with other passengers also enjoying the musical stops.
“To be honest it really made my day and it also made the other people in the car smile.
“There must be more people like him around,” she added.
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