RAILWAY AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTH WEST BLACK COUNTRY

 
 

 

 

 

The Times


26th., SEPTEMBER, 1891

THE LONDON AND BRIGHTON RAILWAY

TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES

Sir, - In the interesting jubilee notice of the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway in The Times of Monday there is a remarkable omission which should be supplied. The history of the contests in Parliament, with the names, dates and incidents, is, I believe, perfectly correct, but the name of the engineer who alone had anything to do with carrying out the work is omitted. This was Mr. Rastrick, who not only carried out the main line to Brighton, but the lines of the system now known as the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway, extending to Lewes, Hastings, Portsmouth, Horsham, Newhaven, and other places.

As a very young engineer at the time, I was Mr. Rastrick’s principal assistant, and frequently went over the works with him during their construction, so that I speak from personal knowledge.

No other engineer was associated with Mr. Rastrick in the construction, although Sir John Rennie was associated with him in obtaining the Act.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,

JOHN FOWLER

2, Queen-square-place, Westminster, Sept. 24.