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You resolve that no consideration will ever tempt you to bring your horses again by Railway where there is a "break of gauge".

This experience was shared up to a point by many junction stations on the fledgling British railway network but it was the impact of the Break of Gauge on freight traffic which most dismayed its users. the removal of goods owing to the Break of Gauge is even more irksome than that of passengers.

The three Commissioners appointed were Sir Frederic Smith – formerly Inspector General of Railways; Peter Barlow – Professor of Mathematics at Woolwich Academy and Professor George Biddell Airey, the Astronomer Royal. The argument for a break of gauge at either Bristol or Birmingham rather than at Gloucester was now proven, but which railway system should be allowed to operate?

However, it was not until 14 August 1848 that the Midland Railway acted to consolidate its gains.

Then Parliament approved Midland plans to construct an independent Standard Gauge route from Tramway Crossing to Standish and a mixed gauge line from there to Bristol.

Where it does not absolutely prohibit the traffic the transhipment involves loss, pilferage, detention, besides a money tax of 1/6 to 2/6 per ton, as we have learned from the statements of Messrs Pickford and Horne the greatest carriers in the World.

An old carrier thus graphically speaks of the contents of a goods train and the shifting of them:".is found at Gloucester that to tranship the contents of one waggon full of miscellaneous merchandise to another, takes about an hour with all the force of porters you can put to work upon it.

From its start pandemonium reigned at Gloucester, now at the centre of a railway route stretching from Tyneside to the Exe.

If the Twentieth Century’s jet age brought the expression "Breakfast in London, Dinner in New York, Luggage in Bermuda" then "Lost at Gloucester" became synonymous with the problems of travel in Victorian minds."Gentle Reader, if you wish to know what a break of gauge is, a journey between Birmingham and Bristol will make you very sensibly conscious of it.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.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.The system of transferring coal from ship to tram wagon to railway wagon adopted in 1841 had proved very wasteful so in 1844 the Birmingham & Gloucester Railway had lain rails outside the tram plates to give Standard gauge access to the Docks.

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