THIS WEEK THAT WAS – 10 April 1868

Money down the drains

The management of sewage, its utilisation and its application as a fecundating substance to the soil, with the arrangement of the various and complicated details attending the process, may be regarded as a novel branch of engineering, and we really have a very limited and imperfect knowledge. It opens a new and as wide a field for the exercise of professional skill and ability as ever raised the expectations of the engineer with the railways.

Railways sprang into full commercial existence. The companies were formed and the capital raised with rapidity.