Punch,  9 (1845), 234.

The Gretna Green Direct Atmospheric Railway Company



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    Explains that Mr Punch, the chairman of the company, seeks to interest people in a railway. Boasts that the speed of the train will 'baffle the most determined parent, the best horse, and most honest and energetic postboys', and that, owing to its atmospheric nature, it will avoid all types of collision, especially those 'with the friends of the runaway heiress'. Adds that the trip to Gretna Green, formerly confined to the rich, will now be 'within the reach of the public at large'. Fears that the scheme might be ruined by the government's abolition of the 'privileges of Gretna Green'.

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