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Macclesfield, Knutsford and Warrington Railway letterhead re selling out to the MS&L Rly. 1873 | by ian.dinmore
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Macclesfield, Knutsford and Warrington Railway letterhead re selling out to the MS&L Rly. 1873

Origins: The Macclesfield, Knutsford and Warrington Railway was promoted by prominent people in the area headed by Sir Harry Mainwaring, Chairman of Cheshire Midland Railway. The company was incorporated by an Act, 28 June 1866 and empowered them to raise a share capital of £400,000, allowed 3 years for purchasing lands and 5 years for completion. 1866 was a year of general financial crisis which resulted in a lull in railway building. The Macclesfield, Knutsford and Warrington Railway Company found it difficult to raise money and agree purchase of land. This resulted in them having to apply for an extension of time and also in abandoning the Knutsford to Warrington section. An Act allowing an extension of time for building the railway was passed in 1871, however the venture continued to experience financial difficulties and was eventually taken over by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway under an Act of 1874. After this the line was abandoned

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Uploaded on October 26, 2014