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Glossary Results for Word "Trent Valley Railway"

Trent Valley Railway A railway along the Trent valley, originally from Rugby to Stone, was projected by the London and Birmingham, Grand Junction and Manchester and Birmingham Railways in 1835 but the project was delayed by disagreements between the companies. The line from Rugby to Stafford was eventually begun in 1845; when the then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel, cut the first sod. It was taken over by the newly amalgamated LNWR before its completion in 1847 but its opening was further delayed by concerns over the strength of its bridges, following the collapse of the first (iron) Dee bridge at Chester. It finally opened for goods and local passenger trains in September and for through express trains in December 1847.