Chapter V – The Broad Gauge

Origin of the Ordinary Gauge of Railways—Adoption by Mr. Brunel of the Broad Gauge on the Great Western Railway—Reasons for its AdoptionThe Permanent Way—Reports of Mr. Nicholas Wood and Mr. John Hawkshaw, 1838Extract from Report of Directors of Great Western Railway Company (December 20, 1838)—Extension of the Broad Gauge System—Break of Gauge—Royal Commission on the Gauge of Railways, 1845Letter of Mr. Brunel on the Broad Gauge (August 6, 1845)Gauge Act of 1846—The Mixed Gauge—Report of Railway Commissioners, 1847Northern Extensions of the Great Western Railway—Advantages of the Broad Gauge—Partial Abandonment of the Broad Gauge

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