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Chester and Crewe Railway

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1837 The line was sanctioned.

1839 Advertising for funds by R. L. Jones the Treasurer of the company. [1]

1840 On the 1st of October the line was opened.

The line was 11 miles in length, the engineer was Robert Stephenson and the contractor for the work was Thomas Brassey.

1840 The line became of great possible value when it was in 1840, detrmined that the mail route to Ireland should be by Crewe and Holyhead. Without therefore, waiting to absorb the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and the Bolton and Leigh Railway, the Grand Junction Railway obtained possession of the Chester and Crewe Railway, for fear it should fall into the hands of the Manchester and Birmingham Railway. [2][3]

It was the absorption of this company that led the Grand Junction Railway to building its locomotive works at Crewe which led to Crewe becoming a major railway town and the famous Crewe Works.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Tuesday, Jul 30, 1839
  2. The Times, Thursday, Feb 13, 1840
  3. The Engineer 1924/09/12
  • [] Wikipedia