PART 23 will open with the continuation of the chapter entitled “Over River and Lake”, which begins in this Part. Of all the aspects of railway work bridge-
ONE aspect of railway work, for example, which many readers have thought should have been included in these earlier parts is that of the Railway Clearing House. I agree that the work of this organization is of the utmost importance, but for the reasons previously explained I have held it back until next week -
I find that many of my readers are not familiar with the duties of the Railway Clearing House, although it has been an integral part of the railways for nearly a hundred years. You can book a through ticket at Southampton on the Southern Railway to, say, Princes Street, Edinburgh, on the London Midland and Scottish Railway. But how is the money paid for the ticket apportioned to the companies? This is one of the problems with which the Railway Clearing House concerns itself. If a number of parcels are sent by post to a distant destination they are, of course, carried by the railway. They may be taken over two or three systems. This is another problem that must be handled by this organization. Thus the financial adjustment of through traffic in Great Britain and some Irish lines comes within their scope.
The Railway Clearing House, which has its offices la Seymour Street, London, was established in 1842. In 1845, 656 route miles of track came under its control. To-
I AM receiving many appreciative letters about those chapters which have dealt with the railway and its history and development in Australia, Canada, and the Sudan. Next week’s part of Railway Wonders of the World will contain a complete chapter that deals with railways in Northern Africa. This chapter will include such places as Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. These are romantic places -
Apart from the lines of Morocco, Algeria possesses some 3,000 miles of track, and Tunisia 1,200 miles.
A chapter on the Irish railways will begin in Part 23, and will deal with the three principal railways, the Great Southern Railways, the Great Northern Railway, and the Northern Counties Committee (LMS).