Main Themes and Motifs od016

  • Wonder at the new technology
  • Anticipation of beneficial effects
  • Impact on road transport.


1830-39   099; 141; 199; 273; 373; 542; 564
1840-49   349*; 480; 663
1850-59   302
1870-79   716

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Historical Background

The railway inspired a mixture of fear and excitement. People of all sorts were instantly aware of the benefits that the railway might bring but there was also widespread concern about safety.


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Great Western Rail Road, The Or The...

bar141: Dates 1838~1840|

Anticipates the benefits of the railway; the demise of the coaching trade; and, the risks of investing in the railway.

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Newcastle & North Shields Railway

bar564: Dates 1839~1839|

A sail maker laments the effect of the railway upon river boats and comments on the shortened journey times that the railway will bring.

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Newcastle And Shields Railway

bar273: Dates 1839~1839|

A Tyne river pilot anticipates the impact of steam boats and railways.

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Dublin Steam Coach

bar099: Dates 1835~1835|

A visitor to Dublin sees the first railway in Ireland and also the road steam coach Erin. [099Synopsis] 

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Johnny Green's Trip Fro' Owdhum To See...

bar199: Dates 1830~1842|

A weaver describes the railway - notes that it has depressed stage coach trade - but expects new railways to benefit weavers. [199Synopsis] 

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My Grandfather's Days

bar542: Dates 1836~----|

A general complaint about political changes and new technology includes references to steam coaches and railways.

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Oxford & Hampton Railway

bar302: Dates 1852~1854|

A celebration of the new railway and the people who went to see it.

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Railway Whistle or the Blessings of Hot...

bar349: Dates 1839~1846|

Discomforts and dangers of railway travel

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Wonderful Effects Of The Leicester Rail...

bar480: Dates 1840~1840|

Looks forward to being able to move people and goods quickly and celebrates the expected demise of the coaching trade.

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Scenes of Manchester

bar373a: Dates 1839~1840|

Impact of industrialisation on Manchester.

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Reply to Wordsworth

bar663: Dates 1844~1847|

Synopsis: Reply to Wordsworth's sonnet objecting to the Kendal & Windermere railway countering Wordsworth's objections by describing the benefits the railway will bring.

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Newport Railway

bar716: Dates 1879~1879|

The Newport Railway

Success to the Newport Railway,
Along the braes of the Silvery Tay,
And to Dundee straightway,
Across the Railway Bridge o' the Silvery Tay,

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