Reality Check: Terminus Operation

Throughout the railway age the terminus has been an important part of the operational scene, and one that has brought with it special requirements, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES describes.

The establishment of the first railways in the early 19th century created new problems that previous transport operators had never had to tackle before. The stagecoaches that ran on the turnpike roads picked up and set down passengers from convenient market squares or more usually from outside public houses and inns. At the end of their journey the coaches were taken to a convenient building where they were put away for the night while the horses were taken to a nearby stable where they could be fed and watered. 

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