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140                 Old Memories of East-Bourne. [Chap. XI.
into East-Bourne, and have been warmly blessed and •cursed, alternately, for doing so. As a mere matter of history I may note that in 1899 a proposal was made lyy some London speculators for the formation of an " East-Bourne and Pevensey Omnibus and Tramway •Company," but nothing came of it except a good deal of printing. A map of the scheme, now before me, shows that the line was to start from the Terminus Road end of Langney Road and run along the Pevensey Road to Langney Bridge whence a loop was to be made to Pevensey Station and through Westham to Pevensey Village and back by Wallsend to Langney Bridge again. No invasion of the fashionable residential parts of the Town was included in the scheme. The opponents of Tramways in East-Bourne may depend upon it that they will come sooner or later ; the hideous, noisy, and stinking motor omnibuses are no sufficient or satisfactory substitutes. I am no new convert to the Tramway. I welcomed G. F. Train's American Tramway down the Bays water Road in 1862, and made my first speech in favour of tramways in London as far back as April 13, 1861, at a College Debating Society.
Under the date of July 25, 1857 I find in my diary an entry that I went to Polegate to meet a cousin returning from Croydon, and that " she came down in a long train : 3 engines and 50 carriages." The figures .seem incredible, but the writing is quite distinct.
This chapter will be brought to an end with a few anecdotes of Railway-travelling experiences " Published by Request," as sermons are sometimes said to be. It so happens that in the performance of duties connected with my work as a Local Government Board Inspector, .a Boundary Commissioner, and a Political Speaker on platforms, including professional journeys as a Barrister, I have had a great deal of railway-travelling in England between Penzance and Dover on the S. and Manchester and York on the N., with a good deal in Wales and some in Scotland and Ireland. Within the first-named English area I have traversed almost every mile of railway open up to 1901. The present incidents will be limited to the L.B. & S.C.R.
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