BRIGHTON RAILWAY (THE). Begun in 1837, projected by Sir John Rennie, executed by Mr. Rastrick, and opened 21st of September 1841. Its cost up to the 31st December 1844, has been 2,640,000l. out of which the law expenses have been nearly 200,000l. The first mile and a half runs side by side with the Greenwich Railway. For the next eight miles the Croydon Railway is used.
Peter Cunningham, Hand-Book of London, 1850
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