18 Jul '12, 5pm

Nineteenth-century London had a train line just for dead people

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The remains of Necropolis Station. (Photo by Yersinia pestis .) Back in mid-19th century England, public transportation was popular enough that even dead people had their own railway. P. D. Smith writes : The London Necropolis Railway station was constructed by the London Necropolis & National Mausoleum Company , specifically to serve their Brookwood Cemetery , 25 miles away in Woking, Surrey. The Company’s logo was, somewhat ghoulishly, a skull and crossbones. The railway transported the deceased, in their coffins, to the cemetery, as well as some living people — the mourners headed to the cemetery for the funeral. In the late 19th century, the train ran every day, a “daily funeral express.” Public transportation was popular enough across all strata of society that the train had different cars and different entrances for different groups of people, Smith says: In class-co...

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