OO Gauge Hornby R40102 L&MR, Open Carriage Pack – Era 1
Brand new item direct from our new Yorkshire shop.
Operator/Livery – Liverpool& Manchester
Designer – Stephenson
Age Suitability – 14+
Having established the concepts of first and second class rail travel, it was only a matter of time before railway companies created a lower fare ‘third class’ for the carriage of the working classes, especially in the densely populated industrial areas. Companies such as the Manchester,Bolton & Bury Railway, the Manchester and Leeds Railway and the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway all used open third class carriages,mostly for standing passengers, but sometimes fitted with a rudimentary bench(or benches). The L&MR considered the possibility of creating a third class as early as 1839, due largely to market pressure from the MB&BR andM&LR, but the directors were afraid that, with its lower fares, it would draw passengers away from the first and second class trains.The introduction of third class travel on the L&MR dates to April 1844, when the Board ordered new enclosed second class coaches to replace the older ‘blue boxes’, which were then downgraded to third class. Thefirst of the L&MR third class train services ran in October 1844, departing from Manchester at 06:30 and from Liverpool at 18:30.
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