'Sankey Viaduct', mid 19th century.
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View of Sankey Viaduct on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. The line between Liverpool and Manchester was 31 miles (50 km) long and was built under the supervision of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway's chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848). Opened on 15 September 1830, it was the world's first intercity railway.