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Johnny and Nan go the see the Liverpool and Manchester railway. They stop at several public houses on the way. On arriving at the station Johnny is struck by the large numbers of passengers and the speed of the locomotive. They see the railway coach used by the Duke of Wellington during the opening ceremony. Johnny notes that the railway is putting stage coaches out of business. Johnny is involved in a fight and he and Nan return to Oldham. They note newspaper reports of political unrest. They look forward to the railway planned to link Oldham with Manchester which they expect will improve their circumstances.


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