Penny Trains and Passengers
Railways, Politics, Accidents, Class
Consists of a dialogue between two working men, William Putty and James Filer. They discuss John Bright's proposal to establish cheap working-men's trains, a proposal to which railway companies agreed provided that workers did not 'demand more compensation [for accidents] than a hundred pound a head'. They discuss the reasons why companies do not invest in railway safety and note Bright's claim that accidents on railways do not arise from 'intentional neglect'—a phrase that they try but fail to understand. They conclude by agreeing that what they need are 'trains intentionally made as safe as ever they can be'.
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