Rose-tinted spectacles generally offer nostalgia but not a lot of insight. Was yesterday's railway really better than the one we endure today? What's undeniable is that it served more places and employed more people; it was much cheaper too. And it earned a place in our consciousness because of the role it played in community life.
Society has changed beyond recognition since the railway's heyday; so too have the prevailing cultures. These stories will take you back to an era of misty windows, smoking compartments, porters and paper destination labels.