The Final Link
Probably nowhere other than in the heady patriotic atmosphere of England in the dying years of the Victorian Age could such an expensive and unnecessary venture in railway building have taken place. Another link between London and Birmingham, that was to prove the very last steam main line railway built in England, had little sound financial logic in the dawn of the motor age. There was a Late Imperial flavour about the whole affair. It was spawned by the powerful Great Western Railway's wish for a more direct line between London and Birmingham to gain additional traffic, and the Great Central Railway's difficulty in working high-speed trains into its new London terminus, via Aylesbury and Harrow, because of its argument with the Metropolitan Railway. The Joint Line was to help the spread of London and to bring a promise of industry, as well as promoting trade in a very rural part of England. But these were the sunset years of Britain's great Railway Age. It was already too late...
Hardback, 144 pages, black & white photographs
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