I’ll Take a 1st Class Coffin Ticket Please Conductor!

When I first heard tales of London’s Necropolis Railway, I thought it to nothing more than a fanciful serving of porkie-pies. Much to my surprise however, such a thing did exist!

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In November 1845 and at the height of the cholera outbreak in London, The London Necropolis Railway Line was opened and proceeded to carry bodies of the departed along with their mourning living (in separate carriages) from a dedicated station in Waterloo to the London Necropolis Company’s huge cemetery in Brookwood Surrey. At the time, this was the largest in the world.

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You would be mistaken to think that all is equal in death, for even the dead could travel 1st class with the LNR. 


The original Necropolis Station in London was relocated in 1902 and only to suffer heavy bomb damage during the Blitz of WWII. Although segments of rail tracks survive in Brookwood today, much of the original buildings have been demolished or repurposed.  I am quite tempted to take a trip to Brookwood soon to while away some time………


There is an insightful and thorough write up about the LNR HERE for the curious among you!

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