'View of the Greenwich Rail Road Viaduct from Corbett's Lane', c 1840.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Hand-coloured print by J Fairbairn, London. Running between London Bridge and Greenwich, the first part of the London & Greenwich Railway opened in 1836, with the entire line completed in 1838. Designed specifically for pasenger traffic, it was the first railway in London, and the forerunner of the many inner suburban commuter systems.