Entrance to Birmingham Station, September 1838.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Wash drawing by John Cooke Bourne, from a collection of views of the construction of the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR). 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 five and a half million pounds. The LBR opened on 17 September 1838. Designed by Philip Hardwick, the entrance building for Birmingham Station was built on Curzon Street and contained a refreshment room, the Directors' apartment and secretaries' and engineers' offices. The building cost 26,000 pounds to build.