A new Railway line is going to be built near your town – Write a letter to the times explaining your views on this development

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you in relation to the development of a Railway near my town.

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My name is Henry smith and I am a father of two wonderful children and a husband to a wonderful wife.

I work in the coal industry.

Many of my friends disagree with the development of the Railway near Reeds town, but I am for the new Railway to be established.

It was a hard decision to make, as there are many disadvantages for the Railway to be built.

The increase of Railways will give an increase in the iron and coal industries and since the transporting fees will be cheaper, we will be able to receive coal more frequently and this is beneficial as the winter weather approaches.

Also the thing I am most looking forward to is being able to take my kids on cheap holidays to the seaside.

Us, the working class of the previous 25 years were not able to have the experience of travelling for pleasure due to the time it would have taken by foot or canal.

But now it is possible for us to travel to places in which we didn’t have the money or time for.

In 1700 it would have taken four days to get from London to Manchester; and now (in the 1800’s) it would only take four and a quarter hours.

When I was a child, I always dreamed of visiting the seaside, thinking that maybe my mother would surprise me, and take me on a luxury trip to the seaside.

The scenery, the sea, the smell, the wet sand, everything I’d wanted to see since I was five years old.

Nowadays the cost to visit by coach would be more than the average persons two-week wage packet.

And now since the Railway companies will be cheaper, the tickets for a 3rd class seat will be cheaper so the amount of people who use the trains will increase.

This meant better food quality and quantity were produced, as more food stayed fresh because the journey time was reduced.

Also it will be much cheaper to carry goods on the Railways than in Canals or roads.

Also when food is brought by Canal many things to be done to it.

Some of the food would be left on Canal banks leaving it to anyone to steal.

The weather could have a bad impact on these foods left on the banks as well.

The Railway is more reliable than the Canal because Canals could be closed by frost, drought, wind and tide, the water could damage goods, and there were not enough barges.

Letters will arrive much quicker on ‘mail trains’.

The speed at which business may be done will increase, so the economy could grow quicker.

When the Railway line is being built, you will need the necessary equipment such as bricks, stone, cement, wooden sleepers, iron and coal in vast quantities; these industries will probably grow, due to the need of them for building the Railway.

The engineering industry will also grow, because of the precision parts needed.

Just a few years ago, every village kept its own time.

Noon in Bristol was half an hour after noon in London.

After the development of the Railways across the country, ‘Railway time’ established a common standard time across Britain.

Many of the worst slums in London could give you terrible disease.

The Railway knocked them down for lines and stations in the cities.

Because of the development of the Railway, National newspapers could be established and delivered everyday.

People began to take more interest in news and politics.

This lead to National sports being developed. A football league and similar competitions are held every year.

The public in total have saved over �20,000 in travel fees or delivery fees by travelling by Railway in other places around Britain.

Liverpool to Manchester is an example on the cheap fees and time.

(It takes 4 hours now and it took 4 days before to get to Liverpool and Manchester)

And yet the disadvantages of the Railway being built are:

With Canals, horses and mail coaches no longer in use unemployment rates will definitely increase.

I realise that the new system will produce more jobs, but not all the jobs will be replaced.

The smoke form the steam engine would produce air pollution, which makes hunting unavailable as the smoke may kill the animals.

Cows wouldn’t graze within the sight of the locomotives and many women would miscarry at the sight of the locomotives.

Farmland, crops and buildings would be burned and destroyed form the sparks, and the smoke would affect the vegetation and gardens.

Also the smoke and soot would get into peoples houses in Liverpool and Manchester.

People living next to the Railway will experience loud noise which would irritate them during the course if the night, especially when they have a baby to take care of.

Even though I am stuck between the advantages and disadvantages of whether a Railway should be built, I feel that the advantages are more public and the disadvantages are more personal.

I have to be honest and say that my final decision on whether I agree or disagree to the Railway being established is that I agree.

I think the advantages are more valid in this argument whether to have the Railway built.

Even though lives can be lost, I think it’s a great idea to have this Railway built.

Please acknowledge my letter.

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