Euston Station interior, London, May 1837.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Wash drawing by John Cooke Bourne (1814-1896) showing a view of the departure and arrival platforms at Euston station. Bourne began making drawings of the construction of the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR) in 1836 and published his lithographs in four parts jointly with Rudolf Ackermann in 1838 and 1839, collected under the title 'The London and Birmingham Railroad'. 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.