DISCUSSION. THE METROPOLITAN TERMINUS OF THE GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY

J MANSERGH, G A HOBSON, F FOX, R JOHNSON, J W BARRY, B H BLYTH, J A MCDONALD, W R GALBRAITH, F E ROBERTSON, R M PARKINSON, J C INGLIS, W B M BESWICK (+7 others)
1901 Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers  
DISCUSSION ON THE METROPOLITAN TERHINUS [Minutes of 1\11.. Fox. comparative estimates for a double and quadruple line of railway from Camden Town to Euston Grove, including a bridge over the Canal" (the Regent's Canal). Exactly 60 years later, in 1895, Sir William Pollitt had written a letter to him in almost identical terms in regard to the plans for the line from Finchley Road to Marylebone, including a bridge over the Regent's Canal ; and thus history repeated itself. He had looked through
more » ... ad looked through the original contract for the London and Birmingham Railway in order to see the prices of work and material then (1835) as compared with the present time. The amounts per cubic yard were as follows : Excavation for the whole length of the line, 1s. 3d. ; ashlar, 3s. 6d. ; timber, 4s. ; brickwork in lime, 51 ; brickwork in Roman cement, &l 78. ; concrete in lime, 75. Then came an item a t which an engineer at the present day stood aghast, "ironwork in girders, 5 3 6 per ton." With regard to future stations, it was difficult to say how the traffic of this great metropolis was going to be dealt with. At Boston a new idea had been tried. The main lines, which were parallel, had been brought up to a promenade, and the suburban lines had been taken round a semi-circle on a lower platform, so as to make the station practically a wayside station; the result being that the engine was always at the right end of the train, which came in and went round and out again, without any delay in shunting. If that could be done a t Waterloo and elsewhere, the trouble to the staff and delay on the part of travellers would be largely reduced. Downloaded by [] on [12/09/16].
doi:10.1680/imotp.1901.18863 fatcat:gpz27sd76fbqrhx5jcl2r4ezaa