Punch,  48 (1865), 259.

Railway Reform in Parliament (To Mr Punch)



Letter, Spoof


Steamships, Accidents, Railways, Politics, Government

    Responding to the recent horrific railway accident, the writer argues that just as captains of steamships are 'invariably suspended' for running their vessels aground, so railway companies should be similarly punished when trains go 'off the rails, or a collision occurs', irrespective of the number of casualties. Points out that owing to the number of 'Railway Members' in the House of Commons this is unlikely to happen, but suggests that 'electors take care that the Railway interest shall not be too strong for them in the next [general election]'. Proceeds to criticise other evils of the railways, including the imminent construction of Great Western Railway factory in Oxford, but expects that the general election will 'set all these things to rights', not least by protests of 'No Railway Collisions'.

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