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3000 Strangers: Navvy Life on the Kettering to Manton Railway (Railway Heritage)
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3000 Strangers: Navvy Life on the Kettering to Manton Railway (Railway Heritage)

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Between 1875 and 1879 the Midland Railway built a connecting line between Manton in Rutland and Kettering in Northamptonshire. In fewer' than 16 miles it involved high embankments and deep cuttings, four tunnels and five viaducts, including the Welland Viaduct, at 1,275 yards the longest on Britain's railway system.

Using contemporary records and descriptions, Ann Paul's meticulously researched book provides a unique insight into the building of this most challenging line, in particular the lives and characters of the navvies who came to work and live in the district, whose presence in such huge numbers made so great an impact on the rural communities, and whose achievements brought prosperity to the region for generations to come. They were a class of men largely feared by the general public of their day, and the results of their labours are largely taken for granted in ours. The aim of this book is to redress the balance and give due credit to the men whose physical strength and endurance represented the powerhouse of Victorian industrial expansion.

Softback, 144 Pages, black & white photographs

Condition: Very Good

ISBN: 9781857942125

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