RAILWAY ADVENTURES AND ANECDOTES:EXTENDING OVER MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS.EDITED BY RICHARD PIKE.
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RAILWAY ADVENTURESAND ANECDOTES:EXTENDING OVER MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS.EDITED BY RICHARD PIKE.THIRD EDITION.* * * * *“The only _bona fide_ Railway AnecdoteBookpublishedon either side of the Atlantic.”—_Liverpool Mercury_.* * * * *LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS, AND CO.NOTTINGHAM: J. DERRY.* * * * *NOTTINGHAM:J. DERBY, PRINTER, WHEELER GATE AND HOUNDS GATE.PREFACE.Although railways are comparatively of recent date we are so accustomedto them that it is difficult to realize the condition of the countrybefore their introduction. How different are the present day ideas as tospeed in travelling to those entertained in the good old times. Thecelebrated historian, Niebuhr, who was in England in 1798, thus describesthe rapid travelling of that period:—“Four horses drawing a coach withsix persons inside, four on the roof, a sort of conductor besides thecoachman, and overladen with luggage, have to get over seven Englishmiles in the hour; and as the coach goes on without ever stopping exceptat the principal stages, it is not surprising that you can traverse thewhole extent of the country in so few days. But for any length of timethis rapid motion is quite too unnatural. You can only get a verypiece-meal view of the country from the windows, and with the tremendousspeed at which you go can keep no object long in sight; you are unablealso to stop at any place.” Near the same time the late Lord Campbell,travelling for the first time by coach from Scotland to London, wasseriously advised to stay a day at York, as the rapidity of motion (eightmiles per hour) had caused several through-going passengers to die ofapoplexy.