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[Note 148.3] "Great opposition did arise":- Probably a reference to the petitions of the Midland Railway Co., the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Co., and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Co against the Bill. The opposition of pre-existing railways is typical of the period. By the time that the Halifax Thornton & Keighley was approved, the most profitable lines had already been built and railway companies were competing aggressively for the remaining business.


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