Timeline 1800 - 1840

Before Railways Early Lines Trunk Lines Later constructions  The grouping National Closures more Reduced Privatisation
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Early Lines 1800-1840

During this period waggonways and railways were constructed. The pattern was movement of manufactured or mined materials from source to water. The materials were then dispatched to their desitnation via canal boats or ship. Many of the lines were owned by the operator of the factory or mine-pit. A few of these lines are still open today.

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1800 Union of parliaments of Britain and Ireland
1801 Battle of Copenhagen Nelson commands the Royal Navy in an Engagement with the Danish Navy; much of the Danish fleet was on land during winter repairs, could not be deployed, and was burnt. Denmark became unable to protect its colonial possessions.
1802 Charlotte Dundas, first practical steamship, on Clyde
1802 Peace of Amiens between Britain and France
1803 Britain at war with France
1804 Bonaparte becomes Emperor
1805 Aberdeenshire Canal opened   
(Port Elphinstone to Aberdeen Harbour) 
1805, 21 October Battle of Trafalgar
1805, 2 December Battle of Austerlitz
1806, 12 July End of Holy Roman Empire
1807 Henry Benedict Maria Clement Stuart dies and leaves crown jewels of Scotland to George IV
1807 Kilmarnock and Troon Railway William Jessop surveys route on the instructions of the Duke of Portland
1807 Slavery baned in British Empire
1808, 27 May Kilmarnock and Troon Railway Act receives Royal assent
1810 Perth to Perth Prison; last Military road built in Scotland
1812 Napoleon’s Grand Army fails to take Moscow and is destroyed
1812, 6 July Kilmarnock and Troon Railway Railway opened
1815 Napoleon escapes from Elba
1815, 18 June Battle of Waterloo
1815, 16 October Napoleon sent to St Helena
1817 Kilmarnock and Troon Railway Trials of a Stephenson's locomotive (first railway engine in Scotland)
1818, 3 March Union Canal First Sod cut at Hopetoun Basin, Edinburgh
1819 Birth of Queen Victoria
1820, 29 January Death of George III
1820 Coronation of George IV
1821, 5 May Death of Napoleon
1822, January Union Canal First Passenger Vessel sails on Union Canal, "Flora MacIver"
1824  Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway Act receives Royal assent
1826 Dutch vessel Curacao becomes the first to cross the  Atlantic by steam
1826 Ballochney Railway Act receives Royal assent
1826 Dundee and Newtyle Railway Act receives Royal assent
1826 Edinburgh and Dalkeith Railway Act receives Royal assent
1826 Glasgow, Garnkirk & Coatbridge Railway Act receives Royal assent
1827 Ardrossan Railway Act receives Royal assent
1828 Death of Shaka the Zulu Warrior
1829 Metropolitan Police established
1829 Wishaw and Coltness Railway Act receives Royal assent
1830 Death of George IV
1830 Coronation of William IV
1830 Polloc and Govan Railway Act receives Royal assent
1835 Newtyle and Coupar Angus Railway Act receives Royal assent
1835 Newtyle, Eassie and Glamiss Railway Act receives Royal assent
1835 Paisley and Renfrew Railway Act receives Royal assent
1835 Slamannan  Railway Act receives Royal assent
1836 Arbroath and Forfar Railway Act receives Royal assent
1836 Dundee and Arbroath  Railway Act receives Royal assent
1836 Edinburgh, Leith and Granton Railway Act receives Royal assent
1837 Death of William IV
1837 Coronation of Victoria
1837 Glasgow and Paisley Joint Line Act receives Royal assent
1837 Glasgow, Paisley & Greenock Railway Act receives Royal assent
1837 Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr  Railway Act receives Royal assent
1838 Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway Act receives Royal assent
1839, 5 August Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway Line opened from Ayr to Irvine.

Before Railways Early Lines Trunk Lines Later constructions  The grouping National Closures more Reduced Privatisation
1700s 1800 1810 1820 1830 1840 1850 1860 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
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