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East Anglia's First Railways
Terence Dalton

East Anglia's First Railways

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East Anglia's first railway, the Eastern Counties Railway, should have extended from London to Norwich and Yarmouth. Yet, despite the extraordinary efforts of a group of dissident shareholders to ensure that it reached Suffolk and Norfolk, the line stopped at Colchester. The leader of these dissidents was John Chevallier Cobbold of Ipswich, who had supported earlier local railway proposals. And working on the construction of the E.C.R., until he was dismissed for neglect-ing his duties, was an ambitious young engineer named Peter Bruff. When he had completed his own scheme for extending the railway into East Anglia, Bruff had no doubt about where to find a backer. The result was the Eastern Union Railway, the subject of this book. Some of the material, from archive sources, has never been published before; most of it has not been in print since it was topical nearly 150 years ago. The illustrations, many of which have not been published before, range from early prints to photographs of unconsidered survivals from the Heroic Age of railways.

Hardback with dust jacket, 228 pages, black & white photographs

ISBN: 9780861380381

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