fbb buys a book ...
So the "hero" of the novel travels to France and immediately becomes involved in repeated occurrences of sabotage at Brassey's construction site on a subsequent extension of the railway network.
The volume is recommended by fbb as a refreshing change from Rail, Modern Railways, Buses, Passenger Transport, Transit or Anoraks and Accuracy Annual (a recently published De Agostini partwork, £49.99 each month); all essential reading for the chubby one.
** Blame was never officially attributed to Brassey for the collapse, nor was a reason ever published. Viaduct piers have a brick shell and a core of rubble and it is possible that rubble was tipped in before the mortar had set, or, more likely, that the mortar mixture was not strong enough, mixed by inexperienced labour. Brassey used stronger mortar mix the second time around.
P.S. 9 arches were destroyed in wartime bombing in 1944 : it took until 1946 to complete repairs.
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