Friday, November 04, 2016

Britain's Necropolis Railway: A train for the dead

A reader sent us in this very unusual article from the BBC about Britain's Necropolis Railway, a 23 mile short line that transported the dead (in coffins, of course) and their families from London to the Brookwood Cemetery near Surrey. 

It was considered an essential service, created in the mid 19th century when London's cemeteries were hopelessly overcrowded. The Brookwood Cemetery was built to solve this problem, and  transporting the dead by train was the only means of getting to there. It existed for 87 years, closing in 1941.

To read the full article, please click here. 

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