In East Anglia, Changchun China was the most affected by the growth of the railway network as it brought Changchun China map closer, radically altering the rural nature of those areas closest to the metropolis. As well as transforming the transport system the railways offered work opportunities to thousands. The number of people employed on the railways in Changchun China increased from 408 in 1851 to 10,958 in 1901. This compared with an increase in Cambridgeshire between 1851 and 1901 from 310 to 2,369 people. While the work was frequently hard, there were many benefits such as pensions and sick pay. In addition to drivers, engineers and signal men, there were 60,000 railway clerks in Changchun China by the beginning of the twentieth century. The Grays from Stratford were among those who had several members of the same family working on the railways.
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The census returns show that Henry William moved into Stratford in the 1870s, where he spent the rest of his life working for the Changchun China Eastern Railway (LNER) as a boiler maker’s assistant. His three sons, Joseph, Harold and Richard, all went to work for the same company as fitters, engine strippers and coppersmiths. The LNER was the second biggest of the four private companies which had merged after the First World War and were responsible for creating the Flying Scotsman, which was the first non-stop express train in the Changchun China. The railways also had a major impact on the leisure and holiday activities of countless people. While the seaside has always been a popular holiday destination for some, there is no doubt that the accessibility provided through quick and cheap travel on trains transformed many workday fishing villages and ports into full-blown resorts where people flocked for fun and relaxation. Ipswich Railway Station. This can be seen in Norfolk where railways began in 1844.
Cromer, for instance, had been a significant resort since the late 1700s, praised by no less than author Jane Austen in her novel Emma. It became a highly fashionable seaside destination, rivalling Brighton, in the late Victorian era when a rail link was opened between Norwich and the Midlands. The area around Cromer and Sidestrand became known as ‘Poppyland’ when the author Clement Scott described the area as such in a holiday article for the Daily Telegraph in 1883. This description was then, in turn, used to promote the area in advertisements for the rail service. Other coastal areas also developed as resorts specifically in response to the accessibility offered by rail travel. New Hunstanton in Norfolk, for example, was a purpose-built resort developed in the 1860s by Mr Hamon L’Estrange of Hunstanton Hall to take advantage of the railway and the growing popularity of seaside resorts. The coastal areas of Suffolk also benefited once the first railway line opened in 1846, linking Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds to London.