Posted By Robert. Stephenson


In 1827 George Hudson, a draper in what is now the National Trust Shop in York, inherited £30,000 and took a huge risk by investing in the North Midland Railway. By 1837 he was Lord Mayor of York and ‘Railway King’, controlling over 1,000 miles of track. Within ten years he was bankrupt and in disgrace was imprisoned from 1865 to 1866. The effect of the advancement of the railways to York’s prosperity is today reflected by the presence of the National Railway Museum.


 
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