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The end of broad gauge, 1892. Work in progress at Plymouth station, Devonshire, to change from broad gauge to standard gauge railway track. Sambaed Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) favoured broad gauge 7ft 1/4inch (2.2m) and designed the Great Western Railway accordingly. However, in the Gauge Act of 1846 Parliament declared that all future railway track should be of the standard 4ft 8 1/2inch (1.44m) gauge introduced by George Stephenson (1781-1848) on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. It was not until 1892 that the last broad gauge track was lifted. From 'The Romance of Engineering' by Henry Frith. (London, 1892).

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The end of broad gauge, 1892. Work in progress at Plymouth station, Devonshire, to change from broad gauge to standard gauge railway track.  Sambaed Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) favoured broad gauge 7ft 1/4inch (2.2m) and designed the Great Western Railway accordingly. However, in the Gauge Act of 1846 Parliament declared that all future railway track should be of the standard 4ft 8 1/2inch (1.44m) gauge introduced by George Stephenson (1781-1848) on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway.  It was not until 1892 that the last broad gauge track was lifted.  From 'The Romance of Engineering' by Henry Frith. (London, 1892).