Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Question: British RR Iron

From: "chris graves"

I am forwarding this on the Group, as with your combined knowledge, you may be able to help this fellow. Thanks, G J Graves, NewCastle, Cal.


I know this is a long-shot, but...

I am from Britain, which you would think has a load of information about the history of iron and so on, wouldn't you? Well, if it's there, I can't seem to find it so I am hoping you might be able to set me on the right track ('scuse the pun - you'll see).

I'm an author currently piecing together the story of an iron steamship which went down in the Bay of Biscay in 1866. It was carrying a load of railway iron and for the book I am trying to find out about (a) what they would have meant by 'railway iron' (specifications, types, etc), (b) how much railway iron cost in 1866 and (c) construction methods for iron auxiliary screw steamers.

Told you it was a long-shot! If you can help or point me to someone who can, I would be very grateful.


Tony Cornish, Director
Timescape ER Ltd