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Author:   Jeffrey Sheard

Published:   2021
Edition:   Paperback
Condition:   New
Genre:   Great Central Railway (GCR)

Status:   In Stock


The Engineers and Contractors:  Victorian innovations and construction methods for the Great Central Railway by Jeffrey Sheard, whose interest in the GCR was sparked from childhood memories of watching steam engines approach Bulwell Viaduct. Features Contract No. 1 of Anneseley to East Leake, Catesby Tunnel, Lord’s and the alternative route.

This publication results from nearly four years of research by Jeffrey Sheard. Using newspaper archives, over 250 articles were discovered. At the time of the new M.S.&L.R. London Extension (G.C.R), every week updates were printed in the press both locally and nationally.

The news articles were then assembled into a timeline that followed the new lines construction from inception to completion, 1890 to 1900. The work is further enhanced with information from the Institute of Civil Engineers and over 90 images of the lines construction from the Newton Collection and Nottingham Local Studies Library. Plus, maps and diagrams are also included.

For anyone interested in the GCR, this book is recommended reading.


Great Central Railway: Opening Day
Sir Edward Watkin
Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Sir Douglas Fox
Mr Edward Parry
Logan and Hemingway
Construction Begins
Contractors’ Construction Locomotives
Steam Navvy
The Overland Routes
Cuttings and Embankments
Bridges and Viaducts
Catesby Tunnel and Lord’s Cricket Ground
Great Central – Great Northern
Nottingham Central Station
Archaeological Finds
Alternative Route