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Building the last Main Line Railway

Rugby to Barby: gcrcs104

View of the side of an embankment near Rugby seen on 13th March 1897

View of the side of the railway embankment and discarded wagon near Rugby photographed on 13th March 1897. The wagon is probably lying here as a result of an accident when tipping the spoil from the top of the embankment. Particular efforts had been made to ensure that the London Extension was a fast railway with an even gradient, and this ambition required millions of tons of earth to be excavated from cuttings and piled high for embankments. Although the GC Main Line has been closed for many years, its influence on the rural landscape it passed through may never disappear.