'Rastrick Terrace & Viaduct', Manchester and Leeds Railway, 1845.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Lithograph drawn and lithographed by American-born artist Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819-1905), showing Rastrick Terrace and Viaduct on the Manchester and Leeds Railway. 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, notably Summit Tunnel, over a mile in length. The railway opened for busines in 1839. Printed by Day & Haghe, Lithographers to the Queen.