Railway snobbery

Being as a “Scout makes good use of his time and is careful of posessions and property” (“A Scout is thrifty” in old money) I have never paid for a first class train ticket in my life. I did once travel in the first class carriage on the way back from the Rally just after the Manchester bomb, as there were no seats in standard. We ended up sitting opposite Una Stubbs, previously of Worzel Gummidge fame. The guard didn’t challenge us.

Where is this leading? Oh yes todays fascinating fact.

In the Nineteenth Century, Sir Edward Watkin (Chairman of the South Eastern Railway) didn’t think gentlemen should be allowed to travel second or third class. To his mind, someone who was able to afford First but chose not to was guilty of a personal affront and of defrauding the railway.


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