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Re: Victorian Era Question

February 13, 2015 11:55PM
Train travel was very much an equaliser, it was cheap and fast. It was available to all, and there were three classes, first, second and third [at some point second was renamed second class and servants but I disremember when]. The rich would just have a compartment reserved in first. For long journeys there were two dining cars, first and second class. Third class passengers brought sandwiches, or got out and bought a snack at a station. Some stops were long enough. This would often be when they changed crews or changed engines, when moving across groups, say from LNER to LMS [London and North Eastern Railway aka The Late Never Early Railway and the London, Midland and Scotland] where you'd change engines, at Crewe. [yes I really am an anorak]. The later through trains had tenders with a corridor on them so that the crews could be changed on the move, with the new crew coming through, and the old crew going off duty to sleep. Certainly the Flying Scotsman was thus equipped.
The only other nickname for a company I know is the GWR, the Great Western Railway [serving Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Shropshire IIRC, and into Wales] which was known as God's Wonderful Railway. There was some elitism from railwaymen serving on the GWR and GWR engines were very distinctive, you can tell them at a glance.
Well, those of us who are sad about steam engines can, anyway...

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