Re: Slip Coaches: Back When British Express Trains Detached Passenger Cars at Speed
Date: 07-08-2018 - 12:32
This was an era when the customer was always right and was entitled to service. While it certainly was expensive to employ two guards, the railway obviously thought it worthwhile. Most of these 'slips' were at main line stations with multiple tracks, with a shunting/switching engine nearby to move the coach out of the way.
Also this was an era of cheap wages; couldn't be done these days even if it were possible in this era of fixed consists of HSTs. There were indeed instances of slip coaches stopping too soon or going too far - these were picked up by the aforementioned engine.
The main point of all this was to maintain a fast schedule especially on competitive routes although not all railways employed such measures.