Making the embankment at Wolverton, 29 June 1837.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
The embankment at Wolverton was 1.5 miles long and 48 foot in height. It was the largest embankment on the London & Birmingham Railway. This wash drawing by John Cooke Bourne shows a land slip which occurred during building the embankment. It was necesary to construct a temporary wooden bridge acros the gap until the embankment became sufficiently firm to bear more earth upon it. From a collection of views on The Construction of The London & Birmingham Railway.