Main Themes and Motifs

- Faster transport of produce to market

- Benefits to the general rural economy


1840-49   205; 327; 458
1860-69   203; 473;
1870-79   148

Historical Background

The railways made it much easier for country folk to get both themselves and their produce into town. 

Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 1831 (Detail)

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Halifax Thornton and Keighley Railway

bar148: Dates ----~1882|

Anticipates the benefits the railway will bring despite objections to its building

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Kendal Fair

bar205: Dates 1847~1850|

Describes  events at the fair and expects that people will use the railway to travel to the fair.

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Journey with the Railway from Pembroke...

bar203: Dates 1866~1870|

Looks forward to country dwellers being able to get easily to markets and visit cities. Translation from Welsh.

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Railway Calls, The

bar327: Dates 1847~----|

 Laments the impact of railway mania especially on shareholders.

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Union Houses Must Come down and the...

bar458: Dates 1840~1852|

The worlds gone to the dogs. Includes verse accusing railways and steam power of causing hardship

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Watching The Trains Go Out

bar469: Dates ----~1912|

Country bumpkin has delusions of being a fast liver.

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Western Railroad

bar473: Dates 1863~1863|

Welcomes the arrival of the railway and the benefits it will bring; and bids good riddance to the stage coaches.

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What Did She Know About Railways?

bar474: Dates ----~1897|

Country lass comes up to town and has difficulty coping with railways.

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