Chronology:    Bargery Number | Main Themes:
1820-29   |  (awaiting analysis)
1830-39 021;  |  
1840-49 146; 184; 304; 515; 534; 589 |  
1850-59 040; 045 |  
1860-69 058 |  
1870-79   |  
1880-89  041  |  
1890-99  576;  |  
1900-09    |  
1910-19    |  
Uncertain 521;538 |  

Historical Background:

The early carriages gave a bumpy ride. Primitive couplings between carriages and rudimentary braking systems meant that the acceleration and deceleration of the engine was passed down the train in a wave of violent jerks as the carriages separated and collided with each other. The smoke and cinders from the engine showered down upon the passengers. First class passengers had a roof to protect them but 2nd and 3rd class were not so fortunate. Francis Coghlan (a prolific writer of travel guides between 1833 and 1860) advised 2nd class passengers.

'get as far from the engine as possible - for three reasons, first, should an explosion take place, you may happily get off with the loss of an arm or a leg' whereas 'nearer the engine ' you will probably be blown to smithereens. Secondly ' the vibration is very much diminished, and third 'always sit with your back to the engine to avoid being chilled by the cold current of air which passes through these open wagons and also saves you from being nearly blinded by the small cinders which escape through the funnel'


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