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The danger steam coach boiler explosion was greatly exaggerated. James Stone, who worked for Dance and Gurney on the Gloucester to Cheltenham Steam coaches, wrote to Gurney saying
We have charged less than one-half of the horse coach fares for the last three months. This is a very bad place to commence on: we are surrounded with prejudiced people –agriculturalists. Coach proprietors, coachmen, stable boys and others directly or indirectly connected with them; these, with the old ladies of Cheltenham, I assure you, offer a formidable opposition to any innovation. Whenever we are a few minutes after our time, it is regularly reported that we have either blown up or broke down, or both. I am happy to say however that we have not met with the most trifling accident up to this time.” 
[Ref: Mr Gurney's Observations on Steam Carriages on Turnpike roads with returns of the daily practical results of working; The cause of the stoppage of the Carriage at Gloucester and the consequent official report to the House of Commons. pp34-35]

 

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