'Opening of the Cornwall Railway', 1859.
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Engraved plate taken from the Illustrated London News (1859), depicting the inauguration of the Albert Viaduct, Saltash, Cornwall. The Royal Albert Bridge was built by Sir Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) and was opened by HRH Prince Albert, the Prince Consort (1819-1861) in May 1859. The viaduct carries the railway acros the estuary of the River Tamar, linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Here, crowds of well-wishers are seen waving to the Prince, who is standing by the royal train prior to crosing the bridge.