Opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway

Resource Type: Image | Posted on 24th October 2011 by Liam Physick

One of the images supplied to Metal by Eric Shenton.This engraving shows the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Flags are out in full force, crowds have gathered and hats are being waved. Four locomotives may be seen: it is impossible to identify any of them, but the one of the left of the picture, judging by the design and the fact that it appears to be pulling the dignatories, may be the Northumbrian. Note the presence of Moorish Arch, and the fact that some people are actually standing on the railway - not a very advisable thing to do, and indeed the cause of William Huskisson’s death later that same day - perhaps the presence of people on the railway is meant to foreshadow this

Opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway

Tagged under: steam locomotives, liverpool and manchester railway, eric shenton, tender locomotives, moorish arch, william huskisson, northumbrian

Categorised under: The Station & Railway Pioneers

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