The ‘Titfield Thunderbolt’ Travels Home

The Liverpool & Manchester Railway (L & MR) was the world’s first ‘inter-city’ railway and the first to use only steam traction. It opened to the public 190 years ago on 15 September 1830. Forty years ago next month, a cavalcade of past and present motive power was held at Rainhill near Liverpool to mark the railway’s 150th anniversary. Rainhill, of course, was where the L & MR held trials in 1829 to find the best design of locomotive. Most famously the winner was Robert Stephenson’s Rocket – now on display in the NRM.

Photo: ©Philip Benham


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