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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 40 - Spring 1980
An Archaeological Find by the Post Office
When the Wotton Tramway was constructed in 1870, it was intended to be operated with horses as motive power and the track was lightly laid using bridge pattern rails, specially rolled in South Wales at the Briton Ferry Mills of Messrs Townsend, Wood and Company. The rails weighed 30lbs a yard and each rail was 21 ft long. Recently the Post Office laid a new cable along the line of the Tramway through out site, in connection with the Telephone Exchange they have built in the field behind the up yard - and, when they dug the trench for the cable run, they unearthed one of the old rails - a marvellous discovery (pictured above). It has been presented to us for our Museum and will join the length of 50 lbs a yard flat bottomed steel rail of 1894 vintage which we recovered some years ago at Brill Brickworks.
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