First clas carriages on the London & Greenwich Railway, c 1832.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
'A train of First Clas Carriages travelling on that part of the Line which will be constructed on Arches with a private carriage attached'. Lithograph by J Brown. 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.