GREAT INDIAN PENINSULAR RAILWAY COMPANY.

Excerpts from an advertisement which appeared in the Morning Chronicle on 1 July 1845, containing a description of the project and a share application form:

GREAT INDIAN PENINSULAR RAILWAY COMPANY.

Capital £ 6,000,000, in 120,000 shares of £ 50 each. Deposit £2 10s per share.

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Consulting Engineer - Robert Stephenson Esq.

Manager - John Chapman, Esq.

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The objects of this Company have already been stated in the preliminary prospectus.

The extent of India, and the value, variety, and abundance of its products, render that country a most fit scene for railway enterprise. Wherever its inhabitants are found poor in the midst of its exuberant fertility, the fact is distinctly to be traced to its imperfect means of internal communication, and wherever even common roads have been made the traffic has increased many fold in the course of a few years.

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The proposed ultimate length of this railway is 1,300 miles.

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