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Full steam ahead! Construction work in a cutting near Wembley Park

Full steam ahead! Construction work in a cutting near Wembley Park

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L3420. This busy scene shows work taking place near Wembley Park. Construction of a cutting is nearly complete - a steam excavator can be seen levelling its base, whilst tipping is removed by wagons on a contractors' railway. Massive retaining walls secure sides of the cutting, which once complete enclosed quadruple tracks of the Neasden to Northolt section of the Great Central Railway's 'alternative' route.
Note the Metropolitan Tower visible amongst trees beyond the cutting. This large steel structure formed the first phase of an ambitious project undertaken by Edward Watkin designed to rival the Eiffel Tower. Construction was blighted by building difficulties, and doomed never to progress beyond the stage shown in this photograph.
PublisherLeicestershire County Council
Contributor
Creatorpersonalname - Newton, S. W. A.
Date
TypePhotographs - Black and White
Formatdimension.H - 160 mm
IdentifierNewton - 119/13
SourceS. W. A. Newton Collection - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
LanguageEN
Relationcopy of - S. W. A. Newton Collection
derived from - glass plate negative
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Wembley, Middlesex (O.S. Ref: 519000 185300)
Location.Current Repository - Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland
point - circa 1906
RightsLeicestershire County Council