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This broadside issued in 1836 by the Eastern Counties Railway (ECR) was part of an on-going and impassioned debate over the dominion of a train line from London to Great Yarmouth, one of Britain’s principal fisheries. It was published in response to a bill released by their rivals, the Northern & Eastern Railway (N&ER) (see N.Tab.2012/6(3)). In it the ECR firmly reject claims made by the N&ER that their track would cut off Great Yarmouth’s fisheries from important markets in the north and west of England (the N&ER intended to connect London to York via Lincoln and Peterborough). The ECR also reject the argument that their line from Colchester to Ipswich would undermine Yarmouth’s trade with London. The broadside concludes with an invitation to see ECR’s plans and sections in person at the office of ‘Messrs Sayers and Woods’ in Great Yarmouth.

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