Railways Past, Present,& Prospective (Classic Reprint)

Railways Past, Present,& Prospective (Classic Reprint)

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Without entering into the question, whether the desire for improved powers of locomotion caused the rapid extension of Railways, or the contrary, certain it is that the traffic on them is still on the increase, and that the wise management of them, and consequently the safety, speed, and economy of Railway travelling, is a matter of grave moment to us all.

The system is, indeed, so new to our previous habits and experience, it has grown into magnitude with so much rapidity, and has been so differently viewed by adverse parties or rival interests, who feared they might experience a portion of that injury which all transitions inevitably produce, that I thought it might be useful to examine and condense the facts on record bearing on the main points of the subject; to trace briefly the system from its commencement; to investigate the proceedings and enactments of Parliament with regard to Railways; to state the money expended in those national undertakings; to inquire into the general and local taxation to which they have been subjected; to ascertain how far the extension of Railways is liable to the charge of having caused the recent financial and commercial embarrassment; and generally to review the position and prospects of those great undertakings, on which more than two hundred millions sterling have already been expended, and with whose well-doing the financial and commercial prosperity of the country is intimately connected.

Rise And Progress Of The Railway System.

A cursory examination of the rise and progress of Railways, may lead to a juster appreciation of the value of the rapid locomotion we now enjoy.

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