R40438 L&MR, 2nd Class Coach

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SKU: R40438
Regular price £34.99 inc. VAT

The Liverpool & Manchester Railway opened to much fanfare on 15th September 1830. So much so that a new station had to be built to satisfy passenger numbers and to plan for the ongoing ‘rail fever’. 

Liverpool Road Station saw passengers booking tickets and awaiting their train’s arrival. Passengers were separated into first and second class and had different booking halls and waiting rooms. 

Second-class passengers were transported in carriages with low wooden sides and a small canopy to shelter them from the elements. They were also in slower trains compared to their first-class counterparts who had a more luxurious travel experience.

While travelling in a second-class train, there was a ‘stopping’ service where passengers could request to stop at an intermediate second-class station, whereas first-class passengers experienced a non-stop service between Liverpool and Manchester. 

Requests had to be pre-booked so the crew knew where to halt the train. Selling alcohol and food was forbidden at the second-class stations so if passengers wanted refreshments, they would have to travel via first class. These trains stopped at first-class stations with incorporated refreshment rooms.

The second-class open-topped coach model sports an L&MR brown livery. The accessory bag contains two chain couplings.