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RH078: Parliament and the Railways in the 1840s.

  • RH078:  Parliament and the Railways in the 1840s.

NEW JUNE 2020. This comprises three items from The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal, Scientific and Railway Gazette, all of which relate to the interrelationship between Parliament and the railways and their builders.

The first two pages appeared in November 1840. Parliament was trying to get to grips with all the new railways, and had just passed an Act for Regulating Railways. Its provisions are all described. The first begins "No railway to be opened without notice to the Board of Trade".

The next page comes from the issue of March 1843. It is actually a book review, but it quotes a large extact describing the character and effectiveness of individual engineers when presenting their evidence to Parliament while serving as a witness for a Bill. "Braithwaite is a clever machinist with an enquiring mind; ... his self-opinion will always support him."

The final four pages, from October 1847, consider the composition of Parliament itself - in particular those members with engineering or railway experience. David Waddington was a bit of an unknown. "His chief claim to fame heretofore has been the unbounded confidence reposed in him by Mr Hudson ... against the most difficult circumstances."

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