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Engineers and Mechanics Encyclopedia 1839: Railways: Greenwich Railway

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The engraving of the Greenwich Railway represents a perspective view of this splendid work as seen from an elevated position, and looking towards London, with the river Thames on the right.

This railway, as most of our readers know, is a continued viaduct, built upon arches twenty-two feet high, and extending in nearly a straight line from London Bridge to Greenwich, thus reducing the distance by the road of five miles to three and three quarters; and reducing the usual time of transit from fifty minutes to seven. The entire structure reflects great credit upon the engineer, Colonel Landmann, and it will doubtless prove a great benefit to the inhabitants of the important places it connects.

The whole line from London Bridge to Deptford, (supported upon upwards of 800 magnificent arches,) was opened to the public on the 14th of December, 1830, with the usual pomp, ceremony, and music, that are customary on such important events; the interest of the scene being increased by the attendance of the Lord Mayor in state, accompanied by the sheriffs, city officers, and numerous persons of distinction.

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