'Todmorden Viaduct and Bridge', West Yorkshire, 1845.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Lithograph, drawn and lithographed by the American-born artist Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905) showing the Lydgate Viaduct on the Manchester and Leeds Railway at Todmorden. In 1837 Parliament gave permision for the building of a railway between Manchester and Leeds, and George Stephenson (1781-1848) was appointed its chief engineer. The 51 mile crosing of the Pennines was a major engineering project, involving the construction of numerous bridges, viaducts and tunnels. The railway opened for busines in 1839. Printed by Day & Haghe, lithographers to the Queen.