Thomas Brassey

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Thomas Brassey was born in Buerton, Cheshire, England back in 1805. He was educated at home until he was 12, after which he was sent to The King’s School in Chester. When he was 16 he apprenticed to a land surveyor. He helped survey the Shrewsbury to Holyhead road.

It was while working on the construction of 4 miles of the New Chester Road at Bromborough that he had his first experience about civil engineering. One of his few disasters happened in 1846, he built a viaduct that was 100’ tall. The contract stipulated that he use local brick, why it collapsed is still not known but he rebuilt it using bricks he chose, the structure still stands to this day.  I could go on and on but my-self-imposed 200-word limit is almost here.

What you may not know about Thomas is that he was also into building railways. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain. At the time of his death in 1870, he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world. He also built part of the London sewage system that is still in operation to this day.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray one in every 20 miles of railway in the world is a lot of track to build.... 

Apr 04, 2019 02:49 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Thomas was quite the railroad man. Wow! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

Apr 04, 2019 04:30 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is one amazing man. I never heard of him but glad you shared him now.

Apr 04, 2019 04:44 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

That is a life well lived!  Thanks for sharing his story with us! 

Apr 04, 2019 05:03 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 That just goes to show how old the London sewer system is James Dray 


 I hope you have an awesome Thursday....

Apr 04, 2019 05:26 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like he did quality work, since they are still intact in this day and age.

Apr 04, 2019 06:18 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- proof again that things were better built back then. They cared about quality. 

Apr 04, 2019 07:19 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


So many great inventors.  Next time I am in London, I will think  of that and the sewage system that is still in operation...

Apr 04, 2019 08:44 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - I wonder if he built any part of the Orient Express.

Apr 04, 2019 09:58 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

Bet he wanted to throw one of his "bricks" at the first supplier.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 04, 2019 10:35 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

James obviously used the right materials and workmanship to enable those projects to still be in use today.

Apr 04, 2019 12:54 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi james - another noteworthy achievement.  Interesting to learn of the extent and longevity of these.  

Apr 04, 2019 02:35 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Well, travel and sewage are both important to society so I give him my respect.

Apr 04, 2019 03:23 PM #13
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James you need to double your self imposed limit, we wanted more information:) loved this historical tid bit:)Endre

Apr 04, 2019 10:45 PM #14
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,

We want children to have their childhood in this world, but we put limits on them and their abilities. My grandfather went to school until he was 13 and then  taught.  He was not content to be an Illinois farmboy so he took the train east to attend Harvard, eventually establishing his electric company. My Mom made her own clothes at 8 and wore them to school. Our boys started working beside their Dad at 10 in the electrical field and are accomplished master electricians. Responsibilities give kids purpose and self-respect. Otherwise they could end up sitting staring at electronics their parents' basements. Your stories show what can be and has been done at an early age even without the communication and transportation benefits we enjoy today. One of my pet peeves. :-)   Keep those kids moving!

Apr 07, 2019 02:52 AM #15
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

You don't really think of railways as built...but he sure did !

Apr 10, 2019 02:25 AM #16
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