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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Corridors on early
British trains corridors

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A train corridor, 1940s, showing an attendant talking through the doorway of a compartment

A train corridor, showing an attendant talking through the doorway of a compartment. Enhanced detail of a screenshot from an old film.

In the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up, the compartments of trains intended for long distance travel were connected by a narrow corridor along one side. Frequently stopping trains had no corridors.

The corridors were useful for walking along to find a seat on a crowded train and to reach a lavatory at the end of the corridor.

Colour photo of a UK train corridor, 1950s or 1960s

A train corridor in colour. Detail from a screenshot of an old film.

Where there was no corridor, it was a sign of the times that my mother would walk along the platform choosing her compartment according to there being no man alone in it. Only a compartment with at least one woman was considered appropriate, and it was best if she was elderly. Apparently there had previously been 'Ladies only' compartments, but I don't remember them.

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Pat Cryer, webmaster

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