Excerpt from The Double Gauge: Observations Drawings I have preferred to add explanatory tes, rather than to encumber these general remarks with detail, which can only be understood by a careful study of the Plans them selves. I would remark, that, without attention to these tes, it is impossible thoroughly to appreciate the difficulties which are alluded to in these observations. Iw proceed to consider the difficulties attending the introduction of a second Gauge, both in the construction and working of a railway, and the best means of removing them, so far as may be practicable. I trust that the length to which my remarks will necessarily extend will appear to be justified by the importance of the subject. You will remember t only that the Great Western Railway Company are bound by the requirements of a Parliamentary Committee, and of the Board of Trade, to maintain a Narrow Gauge Railway, with all facilities for working it at the stations and along the line, from Rugby to Oxford; but that they have further pledged themselves to connect Oxford with the Narrow Gauge south-western chain of railways at Basingstoke, by means of a Narrow Gauge link through Reading. The establishment of an unbroken connection, by means of a safe and properly constructed Narrow Gauge Railway, between the two great Narrow Gauge systems of railway in the North and South of England, is therefore considered by the legislative authorities a matter of national concern, for otherwise the construction of a duplicate railway ninety miles in length would t be enforced. During the present session, more over, t only have about one hundred and fifty additional miles of railway been proposed to be laid on the Mixed Gauge system, but various Parliamentary Committees have appeared to consider it important to insert in Railway Bills a clause binding Companies to lay down additional rails for ather Gauge, on the Railway Commissioners deciding to exercise powers to order such additional rails. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.