The Invicta, Tiie Locomotive In Its Present State......69
Original Working Drawing Of The Invicta, 1830.........73
Opening Entry In Share Register...............77
Gradient Table ........................79
Plan Of Canterbury Station, 1846.........80
Plan Of Whitstable Station And Harbour, 1846 ............81
The centenary of the opening of the railway between Canterbury and Whitstable, occurring on the 3rd May of this year, is the occasion for the publication of this book.
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway Company, incorporated in 1825, was dissolved in 1853 on the purchase of the line and harbour by the South Eastern Railway, that Company having for some years previously been the lessees. As part of the South Eastern Railway, the Canterbury and Whitstable line became later part of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway, and now forms part of the Southern Railway Company's system ; and of that system it is the oldest passenger line though only four years older than the line connecting Bodmin with Wadebridge, on the same system.
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway was the first passenger railway in the South of England and the first railway in any part of England to convey ordinary passengers in steam hauled trains. Many distinguished names are associated with this railway. George Stephenson, Joseph Locke, John Dixon and Robert Stephenson, all helped in its construction, while the Plan and Section of the line for which the Company's first Act was obtained, were set out by William James whose claim to be the "Father of Railways" has been admitted by many who were well qualified to form an opinion.
Another distinguished name connected with this early railway is that of I. K. Brunel.
Brunel made several experimental runs down the inclined plane and through the Tyler Hill tunnel, in 1835, when his own proposal to make a line through the Box tunnel, was being criticised as dangerous by the opponents of the Great Western Railway Bill.
In maps and documents a century old, the spelling of certain words and place names often differs from later usage, discrepancies of this kind will be found on the pages of this book as the spelling has not been standardized.
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