'Liverpool Station and Entrance to the Tunnels', Merseyside, 1831.
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Coloured lithograph by W Crane showing a view of Crown Street station and tunnels on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (LMR), the world's first inter-city railway. The first railway station at Liverpool was at Crown Street, which by 1836 had stopped being a pasenger station and had been relegated to a goods and engineering maintenance depot. The LMR opened on 15 September 1830, and linked the textiles centre of Manchester, Lancashire with Liverpool, the most important port in the north of England.