On this day in October, 1867

“Would you like the bridge fried or boiled, Sir?”

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“When Benjamin Piercy built the viaduct in 1867, there was a man over at Barmouth who promised that if they ever finished it, he would eat the first train to come over. The morning it was due, a table was laid outside Barmouth Station with a starched white cloth and best silver and as the train approached, the chairman of the railway turned to this fellow and said, ‘Here it comes now, do you want it fried or boiled, sir?’ ”

Quoted in Stopping Train Britain by Alexander Frater, 1983

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