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Sankey Viaduct, c 1830s.

Sankey Viaduct, c 1830s.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm


A viaduct on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. A locomotive can be seen moving acros the bridge, and a boat underneath it. The line between Liverpool and Manchester was 31 miles (50 km) long and was built under the supervision of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway's chief engineer George Stephenson (1781-1848). Opened on 15 September 1830, it was the world's first intercity railway.

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