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Leeds and Thirsk Railway

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1845-9. Memorial to the men who died in the construction of the Bramhope Tunnel. Erected by James Bray the contractor. Exhibit at the National Railway Museum.

The Leeds and Thirsk Railway via Starbeck opened on 9 July 1848.

In 1845 Samuel Smiles left the Leeds Times and became secretary to the Leeds and Thirsk Railway.

In 1852 as the Leeds Northern Railway the extension to Northallerton and Stockton opened.

The line then became part of the North Eastern Railway in the 1854 amalgamation

The viaduct over the river Wharfe was the work of the Leeds and Thirsk Railway Company.

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