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Victorian belief train rides caused insanity
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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 08:02 pm
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That's unique.

The Victorian Belief That a Train Ride Could Cause Instant Insanity “Railway madmen” were thought to be activated by the sounds and motion of train travel.
by Joseph Hayes May 12, 2017

Regarding the specific type of mental condition believed to have been caused by the trains, Professor Amy-Milne Smith, a cultural historian at Wilfrid Laurier University, notes that “railway madmen would have all likely be seen as suffering mania.” Medical journals at the time were very concerned about how railway madmen could be detected when their madness might lie latent.

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 Posted: Tue May 16th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Hi Kitbash :wave:

The Victorians were totally ahead of their time ...

... & totally correct !!

I can confirm this, as a regular for years, on the 07:52 to London Bridge.

That consist is basically a daily rolling 12-car INSANE ASYLUM !!

Ridiculously high ticket prices.


Standing room only for all the journey.

Delays & cancellations.

Just a few of the things that are KNOWN to cause RAILWAY MANIA !




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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 04:59 am
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I don't know about Victorians, but I have been crazy about trains from the very first time that I saw one... my mother wrote that down.:Crazy:

Steven B.
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 Posted: Wed May 17th, 2017 08:52 pm
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Lee B

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People have always thought something new was going to drive you mad or kill you. People didn’t know for sure if a person could eat or drink in space, for example, until they started putting people up there in capsules. And that was even after sending up dogs, then chimps.
The thing about the original railroads that always cracked me up was the assertion that people wouldn’t be able to breathe at the insane speeds of 30-40 MPH on a train. Never mind that people had gone that fast countless times on the backs of horses in sprints and in wagons over several centuries before that!

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