'The Avon Viaduct', Wolston, mid 19th century.
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Engraving by W Radclyffe after drawn by C Radclyffe. In 1833 Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the LBR, the first railway into London. Running from Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, to Euston Station, London, the 112 mile long line took 20,000 men nearly five years to build, at a cost of £ 5.5 million. The nine arch viaduct pictured carried the railway some 27 feet above the river Avon and the road to Wolston. The LBR opened on 17 September 1838.