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When, in the 1870s, the Midland Railway planned to take a direct share in the lucrative Scottish traffic by building a line from Settle to Carlisle, the engineers had to contend with high hills, deep valleys, a geological porridge called ‘boulder clay’, a rainfall of over 100 inches a year, high winds, lingering snow and a fickle labour force.
How They Built the Settle-Carlisle Railway by W R Mitchell is unusual in that the text is made up of contemporary notes and comments. Words penned in the 1870s come ringing down the years..
Sadly Mr W R Mitchell died on 7th October 2015…
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