He was elected town councillor of the famous Great Western railway centre, Swindon, and became chairman of the Finance Committee and of the Electricity and Tramways Committee.
Main line - Reading, Didcot, Swindon, Bath, Bristol, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth, Penzance.
Numerous additional main lines - Reading to Newbury, Weymouth and the west, a new line opened in 1906 between Castle Cary and Langport effecting a great reduction in mileage between London and Exeter and places beyond; Didcot, Oxford, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Chester with connexions northward, and to North Wales; Oxford to Worcester, and Swindon to Gloucester and the west of England; South Welsh system (through route from London via Wootton Bassett or via Bristol, and the Severn tunnel), Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Milford.
For example, by this means the London & North Western and the Great Western companies have created large towns in Crewe and Swindon respectively.
Of Swindon, on the Midland & South-Western Junction railway.