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The Gauge being thus broken your journey is brought to a dead halt.
With all your luggage and rattle traps, whatever they be in size and number, you are obliged to shift from one carriage to another.
You will hear the Railway Policeman bawling in the deaf passengers ear that he must dismount.
You will see the anxious Mama hastening her family in its transit from carriage to carriage, dreading the penalty of being too late;and.your carriage horses accompany you they, too, must shift by dint of whip and cajolery.
Craftily, he ordered that two trains already dealt with should be unpacked once more to add to the chaos. Just as VHS was to supplant Betamax in the video world of the 1980s and then itself be threatened by CD ROMs and DVDs so- following the submissions of the Royal Commissioners the 1846 Gauge Act made the Coal Cart spacing of the Stephensons a national British standard.
Even before the Government had decided to investigate though, the railways were taking action to reform.
From its start pandemonium reigned at Gloucester, now at the centre of a railway route stretching from Tyneside to the Exe.
To aid this process, a powerful hydraulic lift was installed which could raise up whole wagons and tip their contents into the holds of ships.
Thinking on his feet when he heard of the Great Western plans, Ellis also a Quaker wool merchant whose business had suffered due to the Break of Gauge, offered his travelling companions the necessary 65.00 a share.
Both Bristol and Birmingham boards accepted and the Midland Railway leased the two lines from May 7 1845 prior to gaining full ownership on August 3.
An electric telegraph - invented by Gloucester's own Charles Wheatstone - had warned spectators that the train had passed Cheltenham, but when Her Majesty finally appeared on the platform and it was time for the Corporation and Clergy of Gloucester to move forward with their addreses the crowd followed behind them and , as the Gloucester Journal reported, Indeed, the Great Western Railway was to link Gloucester but not yet Cheltenham to Swindon by May 1845: thereby bringing even more trains to the crowded Gloucester platforms. "Another placard explained that the distance of 37 miles between Gloucester and Bristol could be traversed by a Broad Gauge train in 1 hour 45 minutes while the best timing for the 51 mile Gloucester to Birmingham journey was 2 hours 35 minutes.
By July 1845 the Government became so alarmed at the prospect of further railway breaks of gauge that it set up a Royal Commission to investigate the matter. It was also true that at this time as much as 300 tons of freight were being transhipped at Gloucester while less than 50 tons were handled at Bristol in the same way.