Thursday, 3 May 2012
Work statrs on the Didcot Newbury & Southampton Railway
With such impressive backers, the DN&SR had little trouble raising money. A total of £300,000 was raised by selling shares and another £98,800 by the sale of a debenture stock paying 5%. Thus equipped with funds, the DN&SR began construction work. The first section to be built was the 17 miles between Didcot and Newbury, the part of the line that lay in Berkshire. Although only a single track was laid down, the roadway, bridges and other features were all built to allow for a double track as it was confidently expected that the railway would one day be so busy as to justify the improvement.
from LOST RAILWAYS OF BERKSHIRE by Rupert Matthews. Buy your copy HERE