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Wythes and Jackson

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George Wythes and Mr. Jackson were railway contractors in India on the Great Indian Peninsula Railway.

1850 Jackson carried out a preliminary survey of the circumstances of the Great Indian Peninsular Railway which enabled him to send valuable knowledge to Mr. Wythes in England, and the consequent gaining of the tender for the line from Tannah to Oomrah, including the viaduct over the Tannah river, connecting Salsette with the main, and the two tunnels at Perseek.

Messrs. Wythes and Jackson then tendered successfully for the Thull Ghaut incline contract (nine miles), and for a further distance to Bhosawul in Candeish, 190 miles.

They built 72 miles of the railway from Chalisgaon to Bhusawal in India.

1860 Joseph Jackson died in India

One employee, John Whittaker was allegedly robbed and murdered during construction of a railway bridge in India in about 1865.

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