Funny and interesting signs courtesy of GWR and others.
What to Do in the Loo
Railway signage displays an almost obsessional interest with the use of the toilet.
Not that you HAD a toilet to begin with. At first you just needed to wait until the next stop to go, until
eventually toilets made their way onto the trains, for your convenience.
But even so, the system was disciplined, class-driven and
the punishments for infinging the rules were harsh. Take a look
at some old (and new) toilet humour to brighten your day.
First Class Only
Worrying directions for anyone not in first class!
Probably not much of a needful reminder.
Making proper use of the paper was a must! No reading!
We all know NOW but perhaps there was a day when they did.
Limitations on using the railways facilities.
Ten Minute Warning
Woe betide if your visit was longer than usual.
In the days of pulling the chain, this is what you used.
GWR had its own fancy cast iron looroll holder.
Draining Your Cocks
At least on the Somerset and Dorset line, there was a fear of frightening the horses - not to speak of the passengers - and thus such abominations as whistling and failing to amend a leaking cock were punishable by a fine of sixpence. That was probably half your wage packet in 1864.
Compared to the outside shack containing the peoples' toilet of yesteryear, this Gents' Toilet in Old North Woolwich Station was the lap of luxury. It once even had a pipe of cold running water so you could rinse your hands afterwards!
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