Record Whitsun for railway travel

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: June 10th, 1919]

No previous figures of Whitsuntide passengers have approached those of this year. The bookings were abnormally high.

Queues 100 to 200 yards long were waiting for every train, but the special facilities which the companies had arranged enabled them to cope with the crowds of travellers in a surprisingly speedy manner.

It is estimated that fully a quarter of Luton's population travelled by rail during the weekend, and, although it is impossible at present to give correct figures, the following are the round number of passengers booked.

Harpenden (Midland Railway) over 5,000; London (per M.R.) 4,500; Bedford (M.R.) 3,000; St Albans (M.R.) 1,100; Dunstable (per Great Northern Railway) 3,000; Stanbridgeford (G.N.R.) 1,000. The Great Northern issued about 80 tickets to Hatfield and 70 to London.

Seaside bookings to Brighton, Eastbourne, Southend and Margate went well, and over 50 went to Blackpool via Manchester.