"The last of the coaches" c 1842
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Drawing of the Bristol & Exeter Railway, depicting the demise of the horse drawn coach, about 1842. The coach has been put on a train, instead of being pulled by horses. Some passengers preferred to travel in their own carriage in the early days of the railways. The railways created major changes to the way people travelled. Stagecoaches began losing business almost as soon as the railways arrived. They were slower and more uncomfortable than railway carriages and they were unable to compete with the railways which took people to their destinations quickly and cheaply.