Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway

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Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.  George Stephenson (see portrait in inset) prepared to drive the train which carried the Duke of Wellington on the inaugural run of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.  The Wapping Cutting, shown in the picture, was one of the many great engineering feats carried out on the line.  The left inset shows two competitors defeated by George Stephenson's Rocket in the Rainhill trials: Novelty (top) and Timothy Hackworth's Sans Pareil.  Original artwork for illustration on pp16-17 of Look and Learn issue no 967 (20 September 1980).

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