Cornhill Magazine,  4 (1861), 727–34.

The Excursion Train

[John Hollingshead]


Travelogue, Drollery

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CHB, pseud.  [Charles H Bennett] *


Railways, Progress, Miracle

    In travelling on the 'magic Bronze Horse', people of all classes can now 'cling to the long tail of the fiery steed, and ride rough-shod over the laws of time and space' (727). Reports that 'All this, and more, has been done within the last twenty years, and in an age which is too wise to believe in miracles!' (730). However, the man who was 'born in an age of high-pressure speed, and has fed upon express trains almost from his cradle' (730) soon learns to 'despise short distances, and twenty miles an hour' (728) and becomes 'infected with [...] restless activity' (729).


Bennett 1863

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