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Charing Cross Railway

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The Charing Cross Railway Company was supported by the South Eastern Railway Company and the London and South Western Railway Company, who subscribed a large part of the required capital.

The line would extend from London Bridge Station to take trains into a terminus close to central London.

By 1860 the old Hungerford Bridge had been acquired and demolished. Contractor appointed for both the Charing Cross Railway Bridge and the railway was Mr. George Wythes.

1863 The railway had been completed under Mr Hawkshaw, the engineer, and was awaiting inspection; some construction delays meant the hotel would not be open immediately[1]. The cost was 4 times the original estimate, partly because of extra expenditure on purchasing properties on the route that had been bought cheap by speculators and resold to the company at higher price.

1864 The railway opened in January without fanfare. Extension into Cannon Street Railway Station was expected within 2 years - this was a separate scheme in legal terms although using much of the same viaducts.

Also see Charing Cross Railway Station, Charing Cross Railway Bridge, South Eastern Railway


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