[PW] Reply to Travel times in France ca 1850

dillonbook at aol.com dillonbook at aol.com
Tue Apr 16 09:47:59 PDT 2019


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Thank you for your persistnce. Maybe this is why I never saw *any* replies to the original message. 



JD 











-----Original Message-----
From: Jeffrey Pike <jpike at gpl.org>
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Subject: [PW] Reply to Travel times in France ca 1850

I apologize for starting a new thread. My replies to the original message were rejected by a filter rule match.



Here's a roundabout, probably sloppy, analysis:



The Wikipedia article, "History of rail transport in France", indicates there was established train service between Paris and Agen by way of Bordeaux by 1850. The Wikipedia article, "Railway speed record", documents steam locomotives setting speed records in the 1850s of 60-80 mph. Google maps measures the driving distance from Paris to Agen by way of Bordeaux at around 450 miles. I couldn't find an article reporting what average, scheduled, passenger rail speeds were in the 1850s, but likely they weren't trying to set speed records, so would it be safe to assume a 50 mph average? In that case, it would have taken nine hours.



Jeffrey Pike

Technology Services Librarian

Groton Public Library

Groton MA 01450

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