"On Wagon Train, a telly programme I used to watch..."

Ward Bond and Bob Horton on Wagon Train
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumWard Bond and Bob Horton on Wagon Train - Credit: Terry Guntrip
 Wagon Train was an American TV series that ran from 1957 in the USA and in Britain from 1958 to 1964. (See the British TV nostalgia site Whirligig.) The series was so popular in the UK that Labour leader Hugh Gaitskell wanted the General Election of 1959 held on a day when Wagon Train wasn't screened, in case it kept voters at home.

 Wagon Train theme on Spotify: Lawrence Welk – Wagon Train

 

Here's the orginal TV intro (contemporaneous with the story):

And here are the intro and closing credits of the early 60s colour version (look out for a famous name in the credits):