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[Note 049.0] In their efforts to win as much business as they could, railway companies created complicated systems of interconnecting lines and intersecting train services.

Every large city had its own examples of these crossovers. The so called "Battersea tangle" was among the most spectacular.



Bexhill is on the south coast. Our hero blunders round London north of the Thames before crossing it southward to Clapham Junction and then re-crossing northward to Victoria. 

[Note 049.1] “Here, keb, sir?... d'you want a four-wheeler?”; a cab of the style shown below rather than a two-wheeled Hansom cab.

[Note 049.2] “Don't slang an unfortunate bounder”; is a play on words. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) gives two relevant meanings for “bounder”: one being “A person of objectionable manners or anti-social behaviour; a cad. Also in milder use as a term of playful abuse” and the other “A four-wheeled cab or trap, so called from the bounding motion of the vehicle in passing over rough roads. The OED also gives two relevant meanings of “slang”: to cheat or give short measure; or to [verbally] abuse.

[Note 049.3] “It was back in the time of the strike, Sir,”; may be a reference to the national railway strike of 1911



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