'Travel to and fro and knowledge shall be encreased', 1850.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Pen and ink drawing for a cartoon, showing a locomotive boiler exploding, hurling the driver and passengers into the air, with the earth seen beneath them. During the early years of the railways, there was much public opposition to the rapidly increasing use of locomotives and the developing rail networks, which at times both endangered the lives of passengers and encroached on privately-owned land. This cartoon alludes to both public fears and the spreading of knowledge through travel.