The Fairford Branch was built in two stages by two separate private companies. The Witney Railway Co. was formed locally after the residents of the prosperous blanket making town were repeatedly thwarted in their attempts to get connected to the booming railway network during the early Victorian era by the locally dominant Great Western Railway Co. On 23 December 1858 a meeting led to the formation of the independent Witney Railway Co. and royal assent was granted to a bill to build a line on from the Oxford, Worcester & Wolverhampton Railway at Yarnton to Witney on 1 August 1859.
This is the second in a series of posts about wrinkled tin or corrugated iron structures found on Britain’s railways.
For this post I’m returning home to Derbyshire and a fascinating location – Middleton Top – on the uplands above Middleton-by-Wirksworth.
With this post I’m moving on to a rich new source of historic corrugated iron buildings – the railways. This week I’m starting with an iconic design developed by the Great Western Railway.
This is the sixth installment in a new series of posts about BCN tugs. Other posts in the series list below can be accessed by clicking the ‘Introduction’ link :
2. Tug Portrait: Enterprise No. 1
3. Tug Portrait: Bittel
4. Tug Portrait: James Loader
5. Tug Portrait: Judith Anne
6. Tug Portrait: Caggy (this post)