Main Themes and Motifs

- Faster transport of produce to market

- Benefits to the general rural economy


1840-49   205; 327; 458; 663
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

Kendal Fair

bar205: Dates 1847~1850|

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

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.

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

Watching The Trains Go Out

bar469: Dates ----~1912|

Country bumpkin has delusions of being a fast liver.

Western Railroad

bar473a: Dates 1863~1863|

People and farm produce can be moved cheaply and quickly by rail.

What Did She Know About Railways?

bar474: Dates ----~1897|

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

Railway Calls

bar327c: Dates 1847~----|

Expects railway construction to destroy farm land. 

Reply to Wordsworth

663b: Dates 1847~1847|

Railway brings tourists from cities into the Lake District

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