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Dickens's Writing and the Railways: Fact or Fiction

Kew Library, North Road, Kew (UK)
Tue, 17th April 2012 - Tue, 17th April 2012

Charles Dickens's personal history is wrapped up with his involvement in the Staplehurst Accident on 9 June 1865. While travelling home in a boat train with his mistress and her mother, a ganger's error while repairing a bridge caused the middle section of the train to career off the tracks. Forty passengers died, yet Dickens and his companions survived by being in a front first class carriage. Nevertheless, this event caused Dickens considerable trauma and possibly contributed to his death in 1870. Yet, Dickens's association with the railways goes far beyond the accident and he commented frequently on the British railway network in its early years. Whilst he campaigned after 1865 for the improvement of railway safety through his magazine All Year Round, he frequently criticised other apsects of the railway industry in his writings, most notably in Mugby Junction, where railway station 'Refreshments Rooms' came in for particular criticism. However, while Dickens's representations of the railways have been analysed as literature, the question as to whether they represent an accurate depiction of the British railway industry before 1870 has been largely ignored. This talk explores the aspects of the early Victorian railways that Dickens described and considers whether what he wrote was true to reality.

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