Punch,  12 (1847), 103.

The Idea of Irish Railways





Railways, Engineering, Cultural Geography, Politics, Government, Controversy

    Relishes the House of Lords' rejection of Lord George Bentinck's Irish Railways Bill, arguing that giving 'railroads to Ireland would be doing her about as much good as sending her assiettes and wine-coolers'. Points out the engineering difficulties facing such a scheme, including having track laid on steep gradients, machinery being repaired 'with bits of string', and lazy guards.

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