London and North Western Railway: Inspection of foreign railways

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Memorandum of inspection of the management of railways in Germany, Belgium, Austria and France by George Findlay and Messrs Webb, Neale, Borel and Michael, presumably on behalf of the London and North Western railway. The aim was to ascertain if '...any lessons might be learned in connection with Railway management in this Country'.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1846 three companies, London and Birmingham, Grand Junction Railway and Manchester and Birmingham amalgamated to form the London and North Western Railway. The amalgamation created 247 miles of railway that linked London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Preston. The London and North Western Railway continued to expand and by 1868 the company had added links to Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Swansea and Cardiff. However, attempts to amalgamate with Midland Railway ended in failure. By 1871 the London and North Western Railway employed 15,000 people.

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Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on May 8, 2002

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