Punch,  44 (1863), 128.

Our Railway Capital





Railways, Environmentalism, Engineering, Pollution, Sanitation, Public Health, Secularism

    Lamenting the prospect of 'thirty Railways or so' intersecting London, suggests abandoning attempts to improve the capital. These include the Thames Embankment, which will be spoilt by myriad railway bridges, and the metropolitan drainage works, which will serve a city whose population has been driven out by the 'stench' and 'noise' of the new railway lines. Responding to a proposal to secularise 'old useless City Churches', suggests that St Paul's Cathedral be 'likewise desecrated', since it is likely to be ruined by a nearby railway. Ironically suggests turning the cathedral into a railway terminus.

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