Some time back it was understood that this line was to terminate at Madeley, instead of, as was originally intended, at Coalport Bridge. The reason assigned for stopping short of Coalport was the very considerable engineering difficulties presented in the formation of the line down Madeley Lane. Since then, however, that resolution has been abandoned, and it is now determined that the whole of the branch line shall be carried out in its integrity. The loss of water in the upper canal leading from Stirchley to Donnington incline is so great that previous to the late rains the five-ton boats could convey along this distance only a freight of one ton. The working of stone pits near to the canal has caused a serious loss of water; indeed it is quite possible that the formation of a kind of lock—so called—at the spot where the water escapes may have contributed quite as much to the depth of water as the recent heavy fall of rain. One thing, however, is clear, that should the working of pits be continued, there will be a failure of water. To remedy this the railway works are being vigorously pushed on at that part of the line where the water escapes.
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