Lithograph, drawn and lithographed by A F Tait, showing the bridge which caried the Manchester and Leeds Railway over the River Irwell. In the 1830s, the construction of Britain's railways began and many prints, such as this one, depicting the new lines, bridges and viaducts became available to the public. The Manchester and Leeds Railway opened in 1839, and substantially increased the economic importance of Leeds. George Stephenson was the chief engineer of the 51 mile long trans-Pennine line, the building of which involved overcoming considerable engineering problems. Printed by Day & Haghe, lithographers to the Queen.
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