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Chronology:    Bargery Number | Main Themes:
1820-29   |  (awaiting analysis)
1830-39 021;  |  
1840-49 146; 184; 304; 515; 534; 589 |  
1850-59 040; 045 |  
1860-69 058 |  
1870-79   |  
1880-89  041  |  
1890-99  576;  |  
1900-09    |  
1910-19    |  
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Uncertain 521;538 |  

Historical Background:

The early carriages gave a bumpy ride. Primitive couplings between carriages and rudimentary braking systems meant that the acceleration and deceleration of the engine was passed down the train in a wave of violent jerks as the carriages separated and collided with each other. The smoke and cinders from the engine showered down upon the passengers. First class passengers had a roof to protect them but 2nd and 3rd class were not so fortunate. Francis Coghlan (a prolific writer of travel guides between 1833 and 1860) advised 2nd class passengers.

'get as far from the engine as possible - for three reasons, first, should an explosion take place, you may happily get off with the loss of an arm or a leg' whereas 'nearer the engine ' you will probably be blown to smithereens. Secondly ' the vibration is very much diminished, and third 'always sit with your back to the engine to avoid being chilled by the cold current of air which passes through these open wagons and also saves you from being nearly blinded by the small cinders which escape through the funnel'

 

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Greenock Railway ('Twas on a Monday...

bar146: Dates 1841~1843|

Bar146 [Synopsis]

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Battle Fought On The Shields Railway,

bar021: Dates 1839~1839|

 A disagreement between passengers and Railway Police comes to blows and ends in court.

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Bowling Railway

bar040: Dates 1850~1851|

The discomforts of the journey by train and ferry from Glasgow to Dumbarton.

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Bradshaw's Guide

bar041: Dates ----~1876|

A couple travelling by train use Bradshaw's Guide as a pretext for a flirtation which leads to courtship and marriage.

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Brighton Railway

bar045: Dates 1857~1861|

Description of journey from  London to Brighton.

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Charming Young Widow I Met in the Train...

bar520: Dates 1863~----|

 The hero is travelling by train to London when he meets a widow. When the train stops the widow alights and leaves her baby in the care...

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Charming Young Widow I Met on the Train...

bar058: Dates 1863~1863|

A traveller from North Wales to London is robbed by a woman posing as a widow with a babe in arms.

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Howdon For Jarrow, Loup Out!

bar538: Dates 1861~1879|

Problems with the local railway service to Jarrow

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Iron Horse, The

bar184: Dates 1848~1848|

 A comic portrait of a first-time railway traveller going from Dundee to Perth soon after the railway was opened. 

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Paddy on the Railway (Chorus: Engine,...

bar304: Dates 1841~1866|

An Irishman travelling for Greenock to Glasgow is accused of travelling without the proper ticket. He reacts by attacking his accuser.

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Paddy on the Railway (Chorus: Hubbaboo,...

bar534: Dates 1841~----|

An Irishman travelling from Greenock to Glasgow is accused of travelling without a ticket. His violent reaction results in a prison sentence.

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Railroad travelling or a roide I' th'...

bar515: Dates 1840~1835|

The story of the hero's journey from Stockport to Manchester and back again on the newly opened railway.

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She Went Right Past Her Junction

bar377: Dates ----~1898|

An amorous encounter leading to a 'breach of promise' suit.

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Taith Y Cardi O Landyssul I Lundain

bar521: Dates 1863~1875|

A welsh language version of the Charming Young Widow I Met in the Train

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Third Class Traveller's Petition, the

bar589: Dates ----~1845|

 A passenger bemoans the discomforts of open carriages.

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