Raising Steam : (Discworld novel 40) by Terry Pratchett
It's all change for Moist von Lipwig, swindler, conman, and (naturally) head of the Royal Bank and Post Office. A steaming, clanging new invention, driven by Dick Simnel, the man with t'flat cap and t'sliding rule, is drawing astonished crowds - including a few particularly keen young men armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear - and suddenly it's a matter of national importance that the trains run on time. Moist does not enjoy hard work.
His . . .vital input at the bank and post office consists mainly of words, which are not that heavy.
Or greasy. And it certainly doesn't involve rickety bridges, runaway cheeses or a fat controller with knuckledusters. What he does enjoy is being alive, which may not be a perk of running the new railway.
Because, of course, some people have OBJECTIONS, and they'll go to extremes to stop locomotion in its tracks.
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