'Moorish Arch, Looking from the Tunnel', Liverpool & Manchester Railway, 1831.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Coloured aquatint engraving by S G Hughes after an original drawing by Thomas Talbot Bury. The line between Liverpool and Manchester was 31 miles (50 km) long and was built under the supervision of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway's (LMR) chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848). Opened on 15th September 1830, it was the world's first intercity railway. The Moorish Arch at Edge Hill, Liverpool, was near to the entrance of the single tunnel on the line. Bury was responsible for the best-known views of the LMR, which were published as a series of hand-coloured aquatints by Ackermann of London in the early 1830s.