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Wembley cutting and Watkin's tower

Wembley cutting and Watkin's tower

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L2256. A view along the cutting on the Neasden to Northolt line. This part of the London Extension was built by T. Oliver & Son between 1901-1905, and it connected the existing Great Central & Metropolitan route with the Great Western & Great Central Joint Line. Note the concrete retaining wall, and the piles of ballast ready to swept over the sleepers of the permanent way. Visible beyond the trees is Watkin's tower, an abortive project led by the great railway entrepreneur which was intended to stand some 700 feet above the Middlesex countryside. The scheme didi not, however, progress beyond this first stage, and the structure was soon demolished.
Publisher
ContributorLeicestershire County Council
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Datecreation - circa 1903
TypePhotographs - Black and white
Formatdimension.H - 116mm
dimension.W - 162mm
IdentifierNewton - S 2/1
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - glass plate negative
part of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Wembley, Middlesex (O.S. Ref: 519300 185300)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
period - circa 1903
RightsLeicestershire County Council