'Entrance to the Locomotive Engine House, Camden Town', London, 1839.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured lithograph by John Cooke Bourne (1814-1896) after his original drawing, showing an engine house near Camden Town on the London & Birmingham Railway (LBR), the first railway into London. In 1833 Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was appointed chief engineer of the LBR. Beginning at Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, and finishing at Euston Station, London, the 112 mile long line took 20,000 men nearly 5 years to build, at a cost of five and a half million pounds. It opened on 17 September 1838.