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Old 24th December 2016, 22:26   #16
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Yet back in the 1960s, they even ran some relief trains on Boxing Day.

I think that one reason for the change is that workers started to get longer annual holiday allowances. At that time. some people only got 10 - 15 days holiday. Visit the family or friends over Christmas, but then they had to be back at work on 27 December, and that often required a rail journey on 26 December. I think that Boxing Day mornings had reduced services, but by late afternoon, some long distance trains could get very busy.
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Yet back in the 1960s, they even ran some relief trains on Boxing Day.

I think that one reason for the change is that workers started to get longer annual holiday allowances. At that time. some people only got 10 - 15 days holiday. Visit the family or friends over Christmas, but then they had to be back at work on 27 December, and that often required a rail journey on 26 December. I think that Boxing Day mornings had reduced services, but by late afternoon, some long distance trains could get very busy.
Very nasty accident on the 26th December 1963 involving 2 long distance trains at Coppenhall Junction , Crewe , - one being "The Midday Scot" with 18 killed - both trains very well loaded. Stop and proceed working which went very wrong.
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Yet back in the 1960s, they even ran some relief trains on Boxing Day.

I think that one reason for the change is that workers started to get longer annual holiday allowances. At that time. some people only got 10 - 15 days holiday. Visit the family or friends over Christmas, but then they had to be back at work on 27 December, and that often required a rail journey on 26 December. I think that Boxing Day mornings had reduced services, but by late afternoon, some long distance trains could get very busy.
There was no long break possible in those days as New Years' Day was not a holiday in England and Wales so back to work on the 27th.
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Very nasty accident on the 26th December 1963 involving 2 long distance trains at Coppenhall Junction , Crewe , - one being "The Midday Scot" with 18 killed - both trains very well loaded. Stop and proceed working which went very wrong.

1962 not 1963, but a very bad mistake by the driver of the Midday Scot. See:-

http://www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/doc....php?docID=284
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