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Does anyone know the speed of trains in the late Victorian era? If not, do you know where that information can be found? Thanks.
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Does anyone know the speed of trains in the late Victorian era? If not, do you know where that information can be found? Thanks.
Like today the speed varied depending on the line.
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There are a lot of threads in the Druitt sub forums on train timetables etc.
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Does anyone know the speed of trains in the late Victorian era? If not, do you know where that information can be found? Thanks.
30 to 70 mph.
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According to Sherlock Holmes, fifty-three and a half miles an hour.
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Hi Barrister,

The answer to your question might well be Bradshaw's Railway Guide which was published in the nineteenth century.

They are, I am afraid, quite rare and difficult to obtain, but if you have a specific route in mind perhaps the National Railway Museum at York could help you.

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According to Sherlock Holmes, fifty-three and a half miles an hour.
Moriarty might have disagreed. Not because he hated Holmes (though that helped) but because he was a Professor of higher mathematics.
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Hi All,

You can work it out from this December 1888 timetable.

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Thanks Simon.

So just for comparison in 1888 the 2pm train from Euston to Liverpool takes four hours 25 minutes, whilst today an electric train capable of 125mph takes 2hours 34 minutes.

Does this help?

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I think that is from The Adventure Of Silver Blaze, and refers to a journey from London to Devon, which even in those days was a backwater. I seem to recall that in The Three Garridebs it is put that a train-journey from London (Euston) to Birmingham - about 112 miles - took slightly less than two hours, which is about the same time as it takes these days.

Someone said that a Bradshaw's Guide is a rare book these days - so glad to hear that, as I've got one dating from about 1865! I'm rich - rich! Do you hear me? Rich! Hah, hah hah!

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