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RolloTreadway
1328187.  Fri Aug 09, 2019 2:30 pm Reply with quote

The London Necropolis Railway was a Victorian railway line that carried corpses and mourners between London and Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, as funeral traffic and as a response to the burial crisis in London. Tickets, station waiting rooms, and train compartments for both mourners and the deceased were still partitioned by religion and class. Also, the insignia is very goth.

 
Alexander Howard
1328375.  Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:26 pm Reply with quote

RolloTreadway wrote:
The London Necropolis Railway was a Victorian railway line that carried corpses and mourners between London and Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, as funeral traffic and as a response to the burial crisis in London...


The London Necropolis was intended as a truly massive cemetery, the land for which was acquired using private Acts of Parliament (a remarkably common but little-known procedure). This was an age of major speculative residential developments, so the Acts specified that the land could only be used for a cemetery, not for houses.

However the Necropolis did not take on a life of its own and so the proprietors begged for an amendment to the private Act allowing them to build on unused land. They built Woking. (The original village is now 'Old Woking'.)

The story is told in a lovely book called 'Tales of Old Surrey' by Matthew Alexander. The book is a short treasury of genuine Surrey tales and amusing take-downs of several 'ancient' Surrey myths. (No, I don't know the author.)

 
Dix
1357441.  Mon Aug 31, 2020 2:58 am Reply with quote

Another railway R: Runaway tube trains

(could also go under T for Tube and Trains)

 
Big Martin
1357447.  Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:16 am Reply with quote

I used to drive for quite some way around the Brookwood Cemetery on my way to and from my numerous secondments to my former employer's head office in Guildford.

 
Awitt
1357448.  Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:21 am Reply with quote

There was a mortuary branch line in Melbourne, Australia, to Springvale cemetery/crematorium.

People had to pay for the service and when motor cars became more common, funeral parlours were one of the first businesses to use those instead.

The branch line was closed in the 1950's and my walking companion and I have traced it from the nearest station to the cemetery. Within the grounds is a concrete plinth and plaque of the train's history.

 

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