Punch,  41 (1861), 170–71.

Mr Punch on Some Popular Delusions. Touching Travellers British and Foreign



Regular Feature, Travelogue, Drollery


Railways, Cultural Geography, Accidents

    Contrasting his experiences of travelling on English and Continental railways, admits that English railways suffer from reckless management and dangerously fast trains, but adds that he would 'rather risk a smash on an English line, than crawl in a sorrowful, or savage safety on a Belgian, German, or French one; and this, not for the advantage of speed only, or mainly, but because of the ineffable superiority of our English railway system in every point that affects the traveller's comfort' (170). Goes on to describe some of the other drawbacks of travelling on Continental trains.

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