Chapter 2 - The Arrival of the Railway

The idea of providing a railway to Harwich was first proposed in 1846 when the directors of the Eastern Union Railway Company - a predecessor to the Great Eastern Railway Company - were considering constructing it as part of a route to link London with the Continent, but this objective wasn't to be achieved until August 1854.

 

The development of this railway, and the impact it was to have on Harwich, will be described as part of the exhibition.

The original terminus of the railway, which was in George Street just beyond the present terminus in Station Approach, opened in 1854 - image from a commercial postcard courtesy of the collection of Mark P. Baker.