In return for this concession, the railway operator was exempted from paying duty on third-class passengers.
Second class coaches carry eight passengers inside, and are covered, but without lining, cushions or divisions, and the seats are not numbered.
By the time the line was extended to Tring, Company advertising shows that third-class fares were no longer available, the cheapest Boxmoor to Euston (single) fare by then having increased to 3s. It is plainly evident that the Company had no interest in attracting the labouring-classes who had to await W. Gladstones Railway Regulation Act of 1844 for a service ― the parliamentary train ― that was cheap enough to enable working men to use the railways to find work: At this period third class passengers fared very badly, in fact, much worse than cattle do nowadays; far from being encouraged, they were tolerated as a necessary nuisance and that was all; but the Manchester and Birmingham Railway led the way to better things, and from the first treated its third-class patrons in a very generous way.
Third class accommodation was provided on all the twelve trains which performed the journey each way daily at a rate of some twenty-five miles per hour.
In most cases the returns indicated that third-class passengers were conveyed by the same trains as other passengers, but upon the London and Birmingham Railway they were conveyed by a special train along with cattle, horses and empty return-waggons.
The seats are so arranged that the whole space of the carriage is accessible by a single door.