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Gauge of Railways Act 0.5Mb search-enabled |
"WHEREAS it is expedient to define the Gauge on which Railways shall be constructed:â€™ Be it enacted by the Queenâ€™s most Excellent Majestyâ€¦That after the passing of this Act it shall not be lawfulâ€¦to construct any Railway for the Conveyance of Passengers on any Gauge other than Four Feet Eight Inches and Half an Inch in Great Britain, and Five Feet Three Inches in Ireland: Provided always, that nothing herein-before contained shall be deemed to forbid the Maintenance and Repair of any Railway constructed before the passing of this Act on any Gauge other than those herein-before specified, or to forbid the laying of new Rails on the same Gauge on which such Railway is constructed within the Limits of Deviation authorized by the several Acts under the Authority of which such Railways are severally constructed."
This act introduced mandated standard gauges of 4 feet 8Â½ inches for Britain, and 5 feet 3 inches for Ireland; thus signalling the beginning of the end for Brunel's broad gauge network.Please note that this Act is presented in its original form as passed. This Act may have been amended by subsequent legislation. For details of amendments please see the UK Statute Law Database at www.statutelaw.gov.uk.