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The Days Before Yesterday


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. . .London and Holyhead at an average rate of 42 miles per hour; an unprecedented speed in those days. People then thought themselves most heroic in entrusting their lives to a train that travelled with such terrific velocity as the "Wild Irishman." It was to meet this acceleration that Mr. Ramsbottom, the Locomotive Superintendent of the London and North-Western Railway, devised a scheme for laying water-troughs between the rails, by which the engine could pick up water through a scoop whilst running. I have somewhere seen this claimed as an American innovation, but the North-Western engines have been picking up water daily now ever since 1861; nearly sixty years ago.

The greatest improvement, however, was effected in the cross-Channel passage. To accomplish the sixty-five miles between Holyhead and Kingstown in the contract time of four hours, the City of Dublin Co. built four paddle-vessels, far exceeding any cross-Channel steamer then afloat in tonnage, spee. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very pleasant reflections on an aristocratic childhood and youth in the early Victorian years. It feels like spending an afternoon with a pleasant, mild, cultured old man. It lacks the exciting parts of "The Vanished Pomps of Yesterday," his first memoir, containing his best stories from decades in

Frederick Hamilton wrote two very good memoirs, The Vanished Pomps of Yesterday, and The Day Before Yesterday. His third memoir, Here, There, and Everywhere is not quite so good but is still solid.

Frederick's brother Ernest also wrote a trio of memoirs, and Ernest's book The Halcyon Era: A Rambling

Interesting and well written memoir of life in the 1860s and 1870s from a front line seat.