The Archaeology of an Early Railway System

The Archaeology of an Early Railway System

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The structures discovered on the Brecon Forest Tramroads illustrate the beginnings of modern railway practice. This first detailed archaeological study of a railway illuminates parallels located elsewhere in Britain. Developments that were to be of world importance. Did iron railway bridges exist before George Stephenson? This book shows that such bridges were built in south Wales thirty years before the construction of Stephenson's Gaunless Viaduct on the Stockton and Darlington Railway and explains where to see these bridges today. Numerous stone viaducts, bridges and causeways were built over gorges. Monumental building detail existed years before the Euston Arch. Even the foundations of American Industrial might were laid here. Preface Introduction The Planning and Construction of the Railways The Use and Local Impact of the Railways The Engineering of the Lines Rolling Stock, Buildings and Equipment The Railway Route Bibliography and Abbreviations Appendices Early Railway Sites in Wales IndexThe cost of this mechanical system, with 31 men in attendance, was said to be 165d. per cubic yard ofspoil removed (cutting at 1, 000 cubic yards (764 m3) per ten hours) whilst Brunton claimed that his manual system, with fifty labourers, a#39; needanbsp;...

Title:The Archaeology of an Early Railway System
Author:Stephen Hughes
Publisher:Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales - 1990


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