Entrance to the railway tunnel at Edge Hill, Liverpool, 1831.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured aquatint engraving by Henry Pyall after a drawing by Thomas Talbot Bury, showing the entrance to the tunnel on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway at Edge Hill, Liverpool. One of the two chimneys on the tunnel is shown still being built. Constructed under the guidance of chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848), the line laid between Liverpool and Manchester was the world's first intercity railway. The building of the railway was a major civil engineering project. As well as this tunnel, 63 bridges and an embankment over the peat bog at Chat Mos, near Manchester, had to be built. Published by R Ackermann, 96 Strand, London.