HS2 goes green at Euston

Environmental consciousness is nothing new at Euston. In the original London & Birmingham Railway Act, Parliament insisted that down trains should be cable-hauled up the 1 in 68 slope from Euston to Camden Town.The gradient was necessary to take the new railway over the Regent’s Canal and MPs were worried about the noise, soot and smoke that would be generated by primitive steam locomotives as they toiled up the bank. The cable system persisted from the railway’s opening in 1837 until 1844.

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