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The New Britain Times Railroad travel: A revolution in England Published: September 28th , 1825 By: Benedicte Penicaud

Train on the Stockton and Darlington railway

The English Industry has been using

Darlington. Originally the 26 miles long

railroads as a mean of transportation for

mines to Stockton where the merchandise

goods such as coal and iron since the

was then loaded onto boats, but due to the

1810’s; however the people of England have

growing popularity of this transportation

never been able to travel. Today,

and the progress, anyone can now travel in


September 27 1825, is the first time a

railway was built to connect inland coal

the train.

passenger train will be hauled on a railway. Robert Stephenson’s steam powered locomotive Locomotion will drive the passengers and me on the Stockton and Darlington railway from Witton Park north-eastern England, my current location, to Stockton-on-Teesvia

I am like every man in this crowd, excited by the newnessof railroad travels, waiting for the locomotive’s engine to start. On the station platform there are mostly famers going to the city and their families saying the last goodbyes but also groups of people

that curiosity lead here and more noble

a rich landowner as the food industry is

people from the bourgeoisie. The coal is

growing cheaper food than them. Most of

loaded onto the train, the fire is heated and

the men travelling along are in the same

the great whistle of the steam locomotive

case, they are all here to work in factories

pierces the air. As the train starts moving

such as textile industry and coal mines.

forward, the crowd shouts out in excitement. We accelerate and soon we can’t see the waved tissues anymore. I am myself very impressed: the fastest speed any man has ever travelled to is a horse running; this machine’s performance is way above what I expected to see in my life time!

Everyone on the train is sweating; the heat coming from the steam engine of the locomotive is hardly bearable, especially in the front wagons. Luckily I managed to get a seat in the middle of the train, but my clothing is black with suit when I come down to the station. A crowd is waiting for us there; everyone wants to seethe steam

As we drive through the countryside there

locomotive in motion! It is all joy and

are fewer and fewer fields and the farms

excitement: no one really realizes that

are being replaced by grey factories; a sign

tomorrow will be a long and painful day of

that the Revolution has even spread inland.


The black smoke elevates in the sky from the tall chimneys of the factories as exhausted workers come in and out of the industrial buildings carrying packages twice their size. Even though he dirty rags they are wearing denunciate the working conditions of the industrial world, more and more farmers are moving to the cities to find jobs. Sitting next to me is the young farm boy, about 14 years of age. He told me earlier that he was sent to the city to make money that he will be mailing every month to his family. He explained me that his parents had to sell their cattle and crops to

A conclusion to this journey: railroads are a revolution in the Revolution. The people of Britain will now be able to travel anywhere anytime, explore new horizons and meet other cultures. Education will be more accessible to the countryside people, and a more educated population also means better inventions for faster work. The ideas of the Revolution will spread faster: the inland population is currently separated from the enlightened world as they live far from the cities; they still live according to the old principals and use the traditional

farming techniques but soon this will change. Railroads promise a great future to our nation and to the Industrial Revolution.

Railroad travel: A revolution in England