Advertisement for the Compressible & Sliding Platform Safety Railway Carriage
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The first train carriages in the 19th century were made from wood. The first- and second-class carriages were enclosed and had leather seating and gas lighting, while the third-class passengers were provided with wooden benches in open carriages. Passengers could hire blankets and hot water bottles from stations, and by 1880 heating was provided using steam from the train’s engine.
Travelling in coaches like those featured on this leaflet was quite uncomfortable. Passengers were guaranteed a bumpy ride in cramped and smoky carriages.