Final Journey: The Untold Story of Funeral Trains (Paperback)

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This new history reveals the previously untold story of why and how trains have been used to transport the coffins of the dead, enabling their burial in a place of significance to the bereaved. From Royalty, aristocrats and other VIPs (including Sir Winston Churchill and the Unknown Soldier) to accident victims and ordinary people, this book explores the way in which these people made their final journey by train before being laid to rest. Profusely illustrated with many images, some never previously published, Nicholas Wheatley’s work details how the mainline railways carried out this important yet often hidden work, from the Victorian age to the 1980s. The continuation of ceremonial funeral transport on many heritage railways brings the story up to the present day.

About the Author

NICOLAS WHEATLEY is a retired solicitor, with two law degrees, as well as a Masters in in ‘Death and Society’ from the University of Bath. He has written a number of articles on funeral trains and has always been steeped in the world of, having had two great-grandfathers who worked on the railways. He is a working volunteer on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. And lives in Cheltenham.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780750994330
ISBN-10: 0750994339
Publisher: The History Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English