The agents of Network Rail, who are building the Ordsall Chord, British railways track laying by night and do portray themselves playing the Stephenson role. So it was in 19th-century Britain. The growing burden of regulation on the universal network that the first railway entrepreneurs had inadvertently built — to carry the poor, to be safe, to treat their workforce decently, to support other private businesses whether it suited them or not — spelled doom for easy profits. No longer is the flat-bottomed rail merely spiked down direct to the sleepers. Society Chinese demand for timber could strip Solomon Islands bare of forests 18 British railways track laying by night This is done by means of the Hallade machine, which is carried in an ordinary coach, and by a system of damped pendulums causes a pen to inscribe on a roll of paper, which is being slowly rotated by clockwork, an exact picture of the oscillations of the coach during the test journey.