FEWER TRAINS AND MORE CROWDED CARRIAGES.
New Railway Era.
Since the war goods traffic has enormously increased, as the impatient passenger has often lengthy opportunity to realise. Shortage of ships has been another factor in adding to goods congestion, causing delay at sidings and docks of trucks that cannot be unloaded.
Changed Conditions.Life on the railways is changed in many ways. Trains are fewer, shorter, and more crowded. Half the passengers of any long-distance train seem always to be soldiers. The railway companies to-day make the ordinary passenger as comfortable as they can manage, but no longer as of old do they bid fiercely for his custom by posters of golden-haired girls sitting by super-azure seas or of old gentlemen and ladies jumping high in the air under the vivifying influence of ozone.
The romance of the railways has moved from the passenger and tourist departments to the goods department. The goods departments are taking strange freight. One night at a London terminus an armoured motorcar slept peacefully on a goods waggon. It was home to go in hospital, and was suffering with bruises and superficial wounds. Nobody looked at it, not even the new railway “mates,” the women carriage cleaners, the women ticket-collectors, the women booking-clerks. The revolution is becoming familiar.