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Pictures from the Thomas Brassey Bicentenary

Chester Station Thomas Brassey Thomas Brassey 1805 - 2005 Bicentenary

Thomas Brassey was born just outside Chester in 1805. He was the foremost railway contractor of the 19th century and at one time employed over 85,000 workers. He built Chester Station in 1848 and also the railway lines from Chester to Crewe, Holyhead, Birkenhead and Shrewsbury. Thomas had an international reputation and examples of his work are to be seen throughout the world. In Chester Thomas Brassey's name is recalled in Brassey Street and in Thomas Brassey Court (off Lightfoot Street). There is a bust of Thomas Brassey in the St. Erasmus Chapel in Chester Cathedral. And also in the Grosvenor Museum.

Bust of Thomas Brassey in the Grosvenor Museum

Pictures from the Thomas Brassey Bicentenary

A special steam train was commissioned to run to commemorate 200 years since the birth of the Chester born railway engineer Thomas Brassey.
Thanks to Gareth Griffiths for the pictures.

Locomotive:- 6233 Duchess of Sutherland, built at Crewe in 1938. Owned by the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust and based at the West Shed in Butterley, Derbyshire. ( 6233 has hauled the Royal Train on 2 occasions, and is known as the Royal Train Steam Locomotive. On the 2 Royals, the loco has hauled, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, through Chester from Holyhead to Crewe, The Prince of Wales along the Settle - Carlisle Railway, and has also hauled the Prime Minister.

George Stephenson and Thomas Brassey with 6233, posing against the nameplate
Thomas Brassey Bicentenary 1

6233 on arrival at Holyhead with the Thomas Brassey bicentennial 1805 - 2005
Thomas Brassey Bicentenary 2

The Crew, town crier and the actors with 6233
Thomas Brassey Bicentenary 3

6233 with the 2 actors for the day, on the left Thomas Brassey and on the right George Stephenson
Thomas Brassey Bicentenary 4

Statue Proposal

Campaign and fund-raising task to try to erect a bronze statue of ‘local hero’ THOMAS BRASSEY outside Chester Station. This initiative is a joint venture between members of the Thomas Brassey Society and Chester Civic Trust. The Trust has already agreed to allow us to use its charitable status for this purpose but little else has happened so far.

We now need a co-ordinated plan of action so I have arranged an Inaugural Meeting of our campaign group on

Wednesday 28th October 2015

7.30pm at The Town Crier pub opposite the Station

(in the function room upstairs)


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