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Mr. Punch's Railway Book

John Alexander, Sir Hammerton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .That ain't crumbs! That's only the sawdust off the hice!"

[Pg 36]


'Traction Engines.—Too many Girls of the Period.

Truck-Trains.—Most marriage processions at St. George's, Hanover Square.

Continuous Brakes.—The results of lodging house attendance.

Changing Lines.—What we often see after the honeymoon.

Shunted on to a Siding.—Paterfamilias when Baby appears.

A party who is quite in favour of light railways for town and country.

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The Gushington girls have just arrived by rail, and are inhaling the odours of an average London terminus.

Miss Milly Gushington. "Wait a bit, uncle." (Sniff.) "Oh, isn't it lovely, Hilly? Doesn't it just smell of the season?"

Miss Hilly Gushington. "Don't speak about it—only sniff!"

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Community Reviews

Rather a fun read to follow the reading of a Sherlock Holmes story or two. However, I found that I did have to work to get my head into the humour of the age(s); British, nineteenth/early twentieth century.

The sheer number of observations on the dangers of travelling by train is illuminating.