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"Stop, stop" aw cried eawt, "ther's a mon lost his hat" :- When the story teller loses his hat he clearly expects the train to stop to allow him to retrieve it. That might have been the practice with stage coaches, and indeed, the heavier stage waggons travelled at a walking pace thus enabling passengers to jump off, retrieve fallen articles and then catch-up with the waggon. Early railway passengers were totally unprepared for speed of steam locomotives. There are reports of passengers being killed in the attempt to dismount a moving train in order to retrieve a hat.

This sheet music cover from about 1860 shows a man (bottom left) losing his hat.



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