London Made a Train for the Dead


Entrance to the London Necropolis Companys Cemetery Station, circa 1890s. Science & Society Picture Library / Getty Images

When London was in the grips of a cholera epidemic, the already-overfilled cemetaries couldn't handle the extra bodies. So when there's literally no room in the soil for another dead body, what's a city to do? To the creators of the London Necropolis Railway, the answer was simple -- build a train for the dead.