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Mexican Railway

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The Metlac Viaduct, 1875.
Album of the Mexican Railway 1877.[1]

of 18 New Broad Street, London

British-owned railway company, incorporated as the Imperial Mexican Railway in September 1864[1], later known as the Mexican Railway.

1864 The company took over the main contract for the construction of a railway line from Mexico City to Veracruz from the French Government, and began work on the line in February 1865.[2] Initially, construction work was undertaken by Smith, Knight and Co, but the sub-contact was subsequently given to Crawley and Co.[3]

1864-7 William Elliot employed as Chief Assistant to Smith, Knight and Co[4]

1865 George Foot appointed Resident Engineer; subsequently became Chief Resident Engineer[5]

1866 Alister Fraser appointed Chief Resident Engineer in September.[6]

1871 Thomas Manson Rymer-Jones appointed as Assistant Engineer, under James Samuel, Consulting Engineer, and William Cross-Buchanan, Chief Engineer.[7]

1872 George Foot appointed as Engineer-in-Chief;[8] Alexander Manson Rymer-Jones also employed.[9]

1873 Mexico City to Veracruz line was completed on the 1st of January.[10] Edward Wilthew Jackson became Assistant Manager.[11]

1875-85 Mexican Railway Managed by Edward Wilthew Jackson.[12]

1946 Mexican Railway Nationalised by the Mexican Government[13]

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