in Great Britain"
(notes edited by Alastair Wilson
and John McGivering)
notes on the text
Ahrons on the LBSCR
'It was a light train running on a lovely afternoon, and there was no snow or rain, no head wind or fog. We swept on so rapidly that the speed could not alarm the most timid. We did not scamp a single stoppage, and yet we steamed into Victoria at 5.30 so proudly that I felt we must have arrived unexpectedly early. The time-table (a work of fiction!) indeed made us arrive at 4.37, but this I saw must be merely a printer’s error. Is there another line in the world that would dare to run such a train at the break-neck speed of 74 miles in 200 minutes?'To be fair, the Brighton did have problems which were not entirely within its own control, but as will be apparent from the rest of Ahron’s writings, which you may sample here, most of the unpunctuality was home-grown.