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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

Harbury Cutting: gwrhc94

A view of the cutting being widened to remove the problem of land slippage

The problem of slippages in the very deep cutting of Harbury resulted in the GWR taking radical action. The dark areas adjacent to the line indicate what is left of the original cutting. As can be seen the GWR widened the cutting to create a more gentle slope adjacent to the line. The track is clearly standard gauge yet they are formed using the Broad Gauge method of construction of using longitudinal timbers under the rails with ties at six to eight feet apart. April 1884