Primrose Hill Tunnel, London, 1840.
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Coloured print showing crowds watching a steam engine pas through the Primrose Hill Tunnel. The bottom of the image features the incription 'Mr C E Grasemann and staff send best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- Outdoor Good Manager's Office'. In 1833 Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the LBR, the first railway into London. Beginning at Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, and finishing at Euston Station, London, the 112 mile long line took 20,000 men nearly five years to build, at a cost of five and a half million pounds. It has been estimated that to build the railway, the navvies shifted more material than the ancient Egyptians did when they constructed the pyramids. The LBR in 1838.