Wednesday, 29 February 2012

A Drowned Express Train - 1875

Flooding has been a continual problem for railways since their inception. In November 1875 large portions of the country were subject to flooding and the picture above from The Graphic illustrates how this affected the Bristol and Exeter Railway's services - they stopped them dead. Indeed, the article stated that the Great Western Railway was under water to such an extent that the reporter was able to canoe for half  a mile along the line, and that between Oxford and Abingdon passengers were taken off trains at Radley Station, to be conveyed to Oxford by vehicles 'of all descriptions.'[1]

[1] The Graphic (London, England), Saturday, November 27, 1875; Issue 313.

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