Whilst researching an earlier book Railway Passenger Stations In England, Scotland And Wales: A Chronology, author M. E. Quick came across a huge amount of fascinating information, which though not relevant to a factual guide to railway stations, he felt would provide the basis of a future work. More
M. E. Quick's book on early Victorian Railways is subtitled; The Trials, Tribulations (and Triumphs) of the Early Railway Passenger and gives the reader a fascinating insight into the problems faced by early rail travellers as well as the benefits gained for both business and leisure. This meticulously researched book draws much of its information from The Times and other publications of the period. A sometimes frightening picture of the pioneering days of the railways is drawn from editorials, articles and letters to the editor by readers eager to relate their experiences of early rail travel. Chapter by chapter the author chronicles the growth from a few unconnected horse-drawn lines to a large railway network owned by a multitude of companies not always working together. They were often overwhelmed by the huge numbers of people wishing to travel by train and struggled to face the engineering challenges.