Colour print after a drawing by Isaac Shaw, showing four trains pulling pasengers in closed and open carriages, freight, pigs and cattle. The line between Liverpool and Manchester was 31 miles (50 km) long and was built under the supervision of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway's (LMR) chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848). Opened on 15 September 1830, it was the world's first intercity railway. The print, produced in Leipzig in 1894, is a reduced copy of four prints published by R Ackermann of London in the early 1830s.
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