Thomas Cook – 1841 – The First Rail Excursion

 

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Here is an excerpt from Glimpses of Ancient Leicester by Agnes Johnson – 1906, it covers the dawn of the first rail excusion as a means of leisure travel in 1841.

Thomas Cook – 1841 – The First Rail Excursion

The project of running excursion trains at cheap fares was even in these early days dawning in the mind of our celebrated fellow-townsman Mr. Thomas Cook; for he arranged and personally conducted his first excursion (to Loughborough) on the 5th July [1841]. 

It was not until many years later that his system was developed to any great extent; but he gradually became known to all the world as the successful organiser of popular home and foreign travel; an undertaking which has conferred health and pleasure upon multitudes of his countrymen and women, and which has probably made his name and that of his son the late Mr. John M. Cook more familiar both on the Continent and in remote corners of the earth than that of any other Englishmen below the rank of royalty. 

Mr. Thomas Cook died in [1892], deservedly respected both for his enterprise in travel and for his untiring labours in the cause of Temperance.  

Excerpt from Glimpses of Ancient Leicester by Agnes Johnson – 1906

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Further Reading and External Links

Thomas Cook and the First Rail Excursion

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