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The webmaster, Pat Cryer, as a young child

Corridors on early
British trains corridors

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A train corridor, 1940s, showing an attendant talking through the doorway of a compartment

A train corridor, showing an attendant talking through the doorway of a compartment. Enhanced detail of a screenshot from an old film.

In the 1940s and 1950s when I was growing up, the compartments of trains intended for long distance travel were connected by a narrow corridor along one side. Frequently stopping trains had no corridors.

The corridors were useful for walking along to find a seat on a crowded train and to reach a lavatory at the end of the corridor.

Colour photo of a UK train corridor, 1950s or 1960s

A train corridor in colour. Detail from a screenshot of an old film.

Where there was no corridor, it was a sign of the times that my mother would walk along the platform choosing her compartment according to there being no man alone in it. Only a compartment with at least one woman was considered appropriate, and it was best if she was elderly. Apparently there had previously been 'Ladies only' compartments, but I don't remember them.

If you can add anything to this page or provide a photo, I would be pleased to hear from you.

Pat Cryer, webmaster

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This website Join me in the 1900s is a contribution to the social history of everyday life in 20th century Britain from the early 1900s to about 1960, seen through personal recollections and illustrations, with the emphasis on what it was like to live in those times.