This is the story of the abortive attempt to construct The London & Portsmouth Direct Atmospheric Railway during the Railway Mania of the 1840s.
Author: Arthur R. Nicholls
This is the story of the abortive attempt to construct The London & Portsmouth Direct Atmospheric Railway during the Railway Mania of the 1840s. These were times when many schemes for railways were proposed . Portsmouth was an important naval and maritime town and residents were incensed at being ignored by the railway that had opened to Southampton across the harbor. Continental invasion was a constant fear and the railway was seen as an efficient means of moving large numbers of troops at speed. There was a call for direct railway communication with London. The story is one of hopes raised and then dashed. It indicates the problems encountered in raising capital, support and legislation, suffering from the power and influence of surrounding railways. This was the age of invention and many strange systems of powering trains were devised. The atmospheric system had been installed on the Croydon railway with initial success and Brunel used it with disastrous financial results in Devon. Like many other systems, it had vital faults and eventually failed. Telling the complete story for the first time, it provides an intriguing account of one of the forgotten early railway schemes.
231–232; Charles Hadfield, Atmospheric Railways, Gloucester, Alan Sutton
Publishing Limited, 1985; Arthur R. Nicholls, The London & Portsmouth Direct Atmospheric Railway: “A Mere Puff of Wind”, Stroud, Fonthill Media, 2013. 31
Author: Simone Fari
This study offers an analysis of the technological and entrepreneurial features of the Victorian telegraph service, together with the companies which ran it until nationalization in 1869. It shows a historical reconstruction mainly based on original and unedited documents belonging to a variety of archives.
The Direct London and Portsmouth Railway Company ( c ) , Pilbrow v . Pilbrow's Atmospheric Railway Company ( d ) , Bland v . Cowley ( e ) . The case of Preston
v . The Liverpool and Manchester dc . Junction Railway Company ( $ ) , strictly ...
Author: Great Britain Commissioners of RailwaysPublish On: 1851
I Am directed by the Commissioners of Railways to acknowledge the receipt of
your letter of the 29th inst . , and to inform your Lordship ... the promoters of that
undertaking proposed io make a direct railway communication from Portsmouth to London , and to complete the ... but owing to the competition with the
promoters of another projected railway , called “ The Portsmouth Direct , Atmospheric Railway ...
Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of LordsPublish On: 1851
I am directed by the Commissioners of Railways to acknowledge the receipt of
your letter of the 29th inst . , and to inform your ... the promoters of that
undertaking proposed to make a direct railway communication from Portsmouth to London , and to complete the coast ... to the competition with the promoters of
another projected railway , called “ The Portsmouth Direct Atmospheric Railway ,
” the whole of ...
Numerous atmospheric systems for railways are now before the lic . ... Committee
on the Portsmouth Group have affirmed this principle by voting the Preamble of
the Portsmouth Direct ( Atmospheric ) Railway . COMPARATIVE EXPENSES OF
WORKING A LINE SIMILAR TO THE LONDON ON ATMOSPHERIC RAILWAYS .
Direct Birmingham, Oxford, Reading, and Brighton Railway Company. East and
West ... London and Exeter Railway Company. and Portsmouth Railway
Company. Manchester ... Great Western Extension Atmospheric Railway
Bristow and Tarrant , 2 , Bond - court , COMPANY Walbrook COMPRESSED AIR
ENGINE COMPANY Horne . ... Frederick's - place , RAILWAY COMPANY Old
Jewry Direct LONDON ... Harris , H. 34 , Moorgate - street DIRECT PORTSMOUTH AND CHATHAM City RAILWAY COMPANY DIRECT
MANCHESTER , LEEDS ...
Twelve ( way ; Direct London , Portsmouth , and Chichester bringing the check to
him in September , 1849. ... Atmospheric Railway ; London and Westmin- setting
forth the service of the summons at the resi . that the Court could not tolerate ...
upon the atmospheric principle , with diagrams . 1844. 28. 6d . Direct London and Portsmouth Railway . Report of Lords ' Committee on the Direct London and Portsmouth , the Brighton and Chichester , and the Guildford , Chichester , and ...
This project was set aside in favour of Rennie and Rastrick's direct line . In 1845
the late Sir Wm . Cubitt succeeded in obtaining an Act for the Portsmouth Direct Railway , on the atmospheric principle , from Wimbledon to Havant by way of ...
Amendment Bill ( Guildford & Godalming branch ) 90 London & South Western
Railway Bill ( Wokingham Junction ) 90 , 95 ... Oystermouth Railway ; Portsmouth Direct Railway Company ; Reading & Reigate Atmospheric Railway Company ...
The scheme was resuscitated in 1844 and was considered by the Railway
Commissioners with the other schemes. The newspapers of the time bear
plentiful comment. For instance the Hampshire Telegraph reported a meeting
held in September 1844 to support the Direct London and ... Secondly, it had
been intended to operate it by atmospheric power instead of steam locomotives,
but this plan was ...
meetings of the Portsmouth & Arundel were held after 1855 and I think it must be
concluded that these sections were ... that the main line of the Direct London to Portsmouth Atmospheric Railway was intended to leave the London & Brighton at
The Direct London and Portsmouth Railway Company , 9 Hare , 129 ; s . c . 5 Eng
. Rep . 151. He referred also to Pilbrow v . Pilbrow's Atmospheric Railway , & c .
Company , 5 Com . B. Rep . 440 ; s . c . 17 Law J. Rep . ( n . s . ) C. P. 166.
The line would have joined the Brighton and Chichester Railway's Portsmouth
extension just west of that city . ... section would be built by the Direct Portsmouth
and London Railway , also at that stage considering an atmospheric system .
... the then projected London & Portsmouth Direct Atmospheric Railway . 20 The
line would save 8 miles over the old route to London and would terminate at London Bridge , the nearness to the centre of London giving it an advantage over
Author: Chapman Frederick Dendy MarshallPublish On: 1936
A good deal of light is thrown , not only on the actual line itself , which of course
was never made , but on railway working FORTRMOEN LONDON Seal of the Direct London and Portsmouth ( Atmospheric ) Railway generally at the time .