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Eastern Counties Railways
Joby, R. S.
ISBN: 1873676409
Book Number: 016501
Marwood Publishing United Kingdom 1996 302 pages b/w illustrations - stapled book - he Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) was an English railway company incorporated in 1836 intended to link London with Ipswich via Colchester, and then to Norwich and Yarmouth. Construction began in late March 1837 on the first nine miles at the London end. Construction was beset by engineering and other problems, leading to severe financial difficulties. As a result the project was truncated in April 1839 to Colchester. The railway opened on 20 June 1839 from a temporary terminus at Devonshire Street in Mile End to Romford; on 1 July 1840 it was extended to a new London terminus at Shoreditch (renamed Bishopsgate in 1846) and to Brentwood; on 7 March 1843 to Colchester, a distance of 51 miles, now part of the Great Eastern Main Line. he railway was originally 5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge on the recommendation of engineer John Braithwaite - at this time there was no legislation dictating the choice of gauge, and the directors favoured the Great Western Railways's broad gauge of 7 ft 1/4 in (2,140 mm). On grounds of cost Braithwaite recommended the 5 ft gauge to reduce wear on locomotive parts, and the Northern & Eastern Railway, planning to use the ECR between Stratford and Bishopsgate, was forced to adopt the same gauge. With the extension of the railway in the early 1840s it became apparent that 4 ft 8 1?2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge was a better choice, and in September and October 1844 gauge conversion was carried out, with the N&ER.  
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