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STEPHENSON (Robert 1805-1859 Railway and Civil Engineer)
STEPHENSON (Robert 1805-1859 Railway and Civil Engineer) Fine Letter Signed "Rob. Stephenson",to R. Creed [Secretary of the London and Birmingham Railway Company], concerning the Survey of the Northampton to Peterborough line,  "The survey of the Northampton to Peterborough Line of Railway having considerably progressed and having had an opportunity of carefully inspecting the country to be traversed, I proceed to make a few remarks on the general features which characterise the proposed undertaking",  9th November, 1842
5 pp. 4to. fold marks, some dust staining,
In this letter Robert Stephenson breaks the Northampton and Peterborough line in to 4 sections, detailing the specific difficulties, and gives the engineering costs for each. "The Northampton and Peterborough Railway was an early railway promoted by the London and Birmingham Railway to run from a junction at Blisworth to Northampton and Peterborough. The engineer was Robert Stephenson. The line would be relatively easy to build, following the valley of the River Nene to Peterborough, with only a small tunnel to the west of Wansford. Stations would be provided wherever the line crossed a turnpike where there would be level crossings. Most of the line was raised on embankments because of the likelihood of flooding. In spite of this it occurred from time to time. The Northampton and Peterborough Railway Act received the Royal Assent in 1843 and the line opened in 1845. In 1846, it became part of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR)." Butler, P., A History of the Railways of Northamptonshire. 2007

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