Thomas Brassey - Talk, March 14th, Manchester

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Thomas Brassey - Talk, March 14th, Manchester

Postby RichardHC » Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:04 am

There will be a talk on Thomas Brassey & Company, Railway Contractors at the Friend's Meeting House, Mount Street, Manchester on Saturday, 14th March, 2020 commencing at 2pm.

Thomas Brassey (1805 -1870) has been described as 'The World's Most Foremost of Railway Builders in the 19th Century'. He built one third of all the railways in the UK, three quarters of the railways in France and 1 in 20 of the world's railways at the time. He also built docks, mines, tunnels, drainage systems, water supply and sewerage projects.

The talk, arranged by the Railway & Canal Historical Society (http://www.rchs.org.uk) will be given by Peter Cross-Rudkin. The meeting is open to all (you do not need to be a member of the RCHS).

Enquiries to Roger Brice (01625 533959) or Richard Coulthurst (0161 431 3864) or check the RCHS website for up to date information.
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Re: Thomas Brassey - Talk, March 14th, Manchester

Postby RichardHC » Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:48 pm

It is worth recording that Thomas Brassey did not build all that many railways in Wales. Thomas Savin, David Davies and Samuel Peto seemed to have picked up most of the contracts. The ones he was involved in (often with William Field) are:
Llangollen & Corwen; Corwen & Bala; Bala & Dolgelley; Central Wales Railway (Craven Arms - Builth Road - Llandovery); Rhyl to Old Corwen and Ebbw Vale to Beaufort.

In the Welsh Borders it was a different story and Thomas Brassey won the contracts for building: Birkenhead & Chester Junction; Chester to Crewe; North Wales Mineral Extension; Shrewsbury & Chester; Shrewsbury & Hereford; Leominster to Titley & Kington and Crewe & Shrewsbury.
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Re: Thomas Brassey - Talk, March 14th, Manchester

Postby RichardHC » Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:56 am

MEETING IN DOUBT

There is some doubt about whether this meeting will go ahead due to the current coronavirus situation.

Please see the website of the Railway & Canal Historical Society (www.rchs.org.uk) for the latest position.
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Re: Thomas Brassey - Talk, March 14th, Manchester

Postby RichardHC » Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:09 am

MEETING POSTPONED

Due to concerns about the Coronavirus and the risk of infection it has been decided to cancel or postpone the meeting on Thomas Brassey which was due to be held this Saturday.

Similarly the Railway & Canal Historical Society meeting on 4th April and the Outdoor events on 26th March and 23rd April have also been postponed.

It is hoped that these events will be re-arranged for a future date and details will be on the Society's website (http://www.rchs.org.uk)
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