The innovations in modes of transport in the nineteenth century brought many changes:
the possibility of living in one place and
working at a distance; the ability to bring
greater quantities of fresh produce from
the countryside into the cities; faster
It made the management of Britain’s
expanding Empire easier as troops, civil
servants and their families, settlers and
speculators could reach the farthest outposts
more quickly and in greater comfort. There
was a more reliable service for mails and
supplies, and for the carrying of the raw
materials brought to Britain for processing.
The innovations also meant that people had
more opportunities to travel for pleasure.
In this section you can read about the Great
Exhibition, a popular destination for early
excursionists, and about Thomas Cook’s
first package tour around the world.
You can read more about the British Empire
in the readers’ guide.