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Ancestors of the Railway Contractors
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agent became Brassey's brick brickwork British railway built Cambrian Railways Canal capital cash cent civil engineering coal completed construction contractors cost Dargan David Davies decades directors docks Dublin early earthworks East East Norfolk Railway Eastern employed excavation extension Fairbairn Firbank firm ganger George Stephenson Grand Junction Railway interest Ireland Irish John Aird Joseph Locke L&MR labour later leased Liverpool LNWR locomotives Lowestoft main line major Manchester Messrs Metropolitan Midland Railway mileage miles navvies nineteenth century Norfolk North Norwich opening overseas partner partnership Pearson period Peto & Betts Peto and Betts Peto's problems profitable promoted rail railway companies railway contracting Railway Mania result Robert Stephenson route Savin schemes second Railway Mania Severn Tunnel shaft shares South Wales started stations sub-contractors tender Thomas Brassey took traffic train tramroads trucks tunnel Viaduct Victorian Walker Western Railway William William Dargan work-force