Railway Rumours 1852
Isle of Wight Observer September 11 1852
To the Editor of the Isle of Wight Observer
Sir – Strong rumours are afloat, that some enterprising capitalists in London, have again mooted the question of establishing a Railway in the Island, to run from Ryde to the Undercliff. I believe that preliminary enquiries are being made, and notes taken, to consider the feasibility of the design; and I heartily wish it may take place. We have no less than eighteen or twenty stage coaches in and out of Ryde every day, with a host of carriers’ vans and carts; and so, I believe, our sister town, Ventnor, is not far behind us in her traffic in this way, and yet they are all well worked. I think with these facts before our eyes, a railway in our royal island must prosper; that some of the old women and old-fashioned country people, may shake their heads in doubt at the bare idea, is most probable; and that some of the landed proprietors, also, are thoroughly opposed to anything like progress, is also probable: but in these “go-ahead” times, all selfish feelings must ultimately give way to the vox populi; and, ere long, we hope to see active measures taken, for carrying out this desirable object, which, to the surprise of all men of business, hasn’t been done already.
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