Gordon Masterton may 'dig pop culture', but it does not necessarily mean he is well informed (NCE last week). I refer him back to 1973 and Albert Hammond's Free Electric Band.
Then, of course, there is Driving the Last Spike from Genesis, which is about the appalling conditions in civil engineering during the development of the railways in the Victorian Age.
Going back further I would expect the archives of the English Folk Dance and Song Society to contain many songs that have references to civil engineering generally and topics such as the railways and canals in particular.
Perhaps, while we are discussing trivia, mention should also be made of the short animated musical Great fi an irreverent history of Brunel fi by Bob Godfrey that won an Oscar in 1975.
I would suggest that before dashing off an email with such assertions in order to establish unnecessary credentials, a brief search on Google would pay dividends.
Brett Wing, brett.wing@gmail. com