Punch,  9 (1845), 153.

The Railway Circus



Essay, Drollery


Railways, Engineering, Amusement

    Describes a 'Railway Circus', a scheme in which trains move on circular tracks within a 'suitable theatre' and on which drivers perform 'all the usual feats of the riding-school'. Concerned that no engine-driver, including the ringmaster at Astley's Royal Amphitheatre, John E Widdicomb, will be strong enough to counteract the 'centrifugal tendencies' of the engines, but suggests a solution.

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