London & Birmingham Railway 2-2-0 locomotive no 28, c 1838.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Painting by F Moore showing the locomotive on the tracks. Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the construction of the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR) in 1833 and the railway's 112 mile long line was opened progresively between 1837 and 1838. Although the line was originally intended to start at Camden, Euston became the LBR's main London terminal. F Moore was the collective name of a studio of artists operating in the first two decades of the 20th century. They produced many paintings and painted photographs of steam locomotives, prior to the advent of colour photography.