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In early Victorian times, our railways were regarded with suspicion and hostility. To Charles Dickens, they displaced the charming world of the stagecoach and the coaching inn. Gradually, perceptions changed and they were seen to complement the countryside rather than ruining it. During the inter-war period, the popularity of the motor car triggered a PR campaign to glamorise railways. Today, any positive railway news is undermined by intolerable overcrowding on commuter routes. Andrew Martin talks about his own railway romanticism, and explains why his latest novel reverts to the pre-railway age of the late 18th century.
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