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Do You Know About The Train For Dead People In London UK?

  1. crazyhorsesghost profile image78
    crazyhorsesghostposted 5 years ago

    Above Is The London Necropolis Train Back When It Was Running

    The train for dead people. It was the end of the line for thousands of Londoners in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a railway dedicated to transporting corpses from the capital to Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey.

    Part Of Brookwood Cemetery

    The London Necropolis Railway opened in 1845 in response to chronic overcrowding in cemeteries where the same graves were being used over and over again for fresh internments. The graves previous occupants' bones were often scattered on the ground or sold to local bone mills to be ground up into fertilizer.

    There were two new stations built. Brookwood South for Conformist burials and Brookwood North for Non Conformist.

    The Funeral line was expected to be highly profitable but almost as soon as the Funeral train got going 32 new cemeteries got opened.

    And then the Second World War got going and the stations for the funeral trains soon got destroyed by German Bombers. When the war was over it was considered to costly to try to rebuild the funeral train line.

    And believe it or not but sticking to British custom people in their coffins were sent off by First Class, Second Class, or Third Class.

    Third Class passengers and any mourners that met them at the Brookwood end were treated third class. They were the last coffins unloaded and their family and friends were not allowed to watch the third class coffins leave the train. They had to be claimed 24 hours later in the far corner of the train yard in Brookwood. I had no ideal you could travel third class as a corpse.

    Now what do you think about that.

  2. one2get2no profile image85
    one2get2noposted 5 years ago

    I didn't know that. Hate to drive that train.

  3. Horatio Plot profile image83
    Horatio Plotposted 5 years ago

    This, from Michael Portillo's excellent BBC series "Great British Railway Journeys".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gke4ZCUy … ults_video
    Sounds like a hub for you, Thomas.

  4. moneyfairy profile image73
    moneyfairyposted 5 years ago

    Very interesting and kind of creepy too. But I love history and true stories.

  5. crazyhorsesghost profile image78
    crazyhorsesghostposted 5 years ago

    Thanks for the replies. It is an interesting story indeed. I never knew something like this happened in London. I lived there for a while twice and never heard it mentioned.

    1. moneyfairy profile image73
      moneyfairyposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I lived over there too ,the yr. Lady Di was married and I never heard of it either. Very interesting thanks!!