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Second class coaches carry eight passengers inside, and are covered, but without lining, cushions or divisions, and the seats are not numbered.
6d, even a third-class ticket into London would have been expensive.
By the time the line was extended to Tring, Company advertising shows that third-class fares were no longer available, the cheapest Boxmoor to Euston (single) fare by then having increased to 3s. It is plainly evident that the Company had no interest in attracting the labouring-classes who had to await W. Gladstones Railway Regulation Act of 1844 for a service ― the parliamentary train ― that was cheap enough to enable working men to use the railways to find work: At this period third class passengers fared very badly, in fact, much worse than cattle do nowadays; far from being encouraged, they were tolerated as a necessary nuisance and that was all; but the Manchester and Birmingham Railway led the way to better things, and from the first treated its third-class patrons in a very generous way.
Pity the sorrows of a third-class man, Whose trembling limbs with snow are whitened oer, Who for his fare has paid you all he can: Cover him in, and let him freeze no more!
This dripping hat my roofless pen bespeaks, So does the puddle reaching to my knees; Behold my pinchd red nosemy shrivelld cheeks: You should not have such carriages as these.
When railways were first established, every living being gazed at a passing train with astonishment and fear; ploughmen held their breath; the loose horse galloped from it, and then, suddenly stopping, turned round, stared at it, and at last snorted aloud. As the train now flies through our verdant fields, the cattle grazing on each side do not even raise their heads to look at it; the timid sheep fears it no more than the wind; indeed, the hen-partridge, running with her brood along the embankment of a deep cutting, does not now even crouch as it passes close by her. On entering a railway station we merely mutter to a clerk in a box where we want to go ― say How much?
― see him horizontally poke a card into a little machine that pinches it ― receive our ticket ― take our place ― read our newspaper ― on reaching our terminus, drive away perfectly careless of all or of any one of the innumerable arrangements necessary for the astonishing luxury we have enjoyed.
In January 1842, the railway department of the Board of trade sent out a circular letter to railway companies asking, among other questions, Whether third-class or other passengers-carriages go with trains partly composed of luggage-waggons.
In most cases the returns indicated that third-class passengers were conveyed by the same trains as other passengers, but upon the London and Birmingham Railway they were conveyed by a special train along with cattle, horses and empty return-waggons.
A ― The reductions on the first class in the half year ending 30th of June, 1844, were 17 per cent, and it caused an increase in the number of passengers of 19 per cent.
In the second class it was 26 3/5 per cent reduction in the fares, and there was an increase in the number of passengers of 61 1/5 per cent.