Dickens on the move
On the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth, Jonathan Grossman explores the ways in which the 19th century transport revolution impacted on the author's life and work
On 9 June 1865, the South Eastern Railway’s timetable clearly put the Saturday tidal train coming from Folkestone into Headcorn station at 5.20pm. A foreman working further down the line from Headcorn near Staplehurst calculated he had plenty of time. The crew could replace the last of the baulks of the small viaduct on which they were working. They took up the track.