Foreign News: Revolt of the Cog

Joseph Henry Harley had traveled thousands of miles in his 32 years with the London, Midland & Scottish Railway, but he never left the bustling gloom of the Crewe railway yard near Liverpool. He was just a cog in its sprawling machine, driving a dumpy, asthmatic shunting engine back & forth, day after day. He never married, he never made many friends, he never talked much. He just watched the majestic trains passing him from places he had never seen, bound for places he would never know.

At 2:40 a.m. it was the grand Irish Mail chugging from Holyhead on the shores...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!