On Wednesday night the first sod of this railway was turned at Uxbridge, in a field adjourning the Uxbridge Road, near the Ivy House Farm. The fact of both railways having subscribed – London and North Western 10,000/-, and the Great Western 20,000/- to the project, is rather a novel circumstance, and gave additional interest to this last and nobly fathered local railway projects. Lord Ebury had consented as chairman of the board of directors to commence the work by turning the first ground. A stage was erected on which the ceremony was performed. The wheelbarrow, a very handsome one of mahogany, had the following inscription on a silver plate. ‘Presented to the Lord Ebury on his lordship turning the first sod of the Uxbridge & Rickmansworth Railway on the 28th of August 1861’
The Amersham Band was in attendance during the day, and performed some popular music to the satisfaction of all.