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Liverpool and Manchester Railway

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A white metal medal struck to celebrate the Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, dsigned by J. Ottley depicting a viaduct over which the Rocket is crossing;VIADUCT OVER THE SANKEY CANAL AND VALLEY/ TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING/ OF THE LIVERPOOL/ AND MANCHESTER/ RAILROAD/ SEP. 15 1830. To the reverse a railway cutting with two towers, ENTRANCE TO THE LIVERPOOL/ STATION & TUNNELS. Crisp condition, rare for this soft metal. dia:1 7/8 in 

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the first modern, inter-city passenger railway. It was the first to rely exclusively on steam power, run a scheduled passenger service and use a system of signalling. 

The opening of the railway was a momentous occasion but was marred by tragedy, when William Huskisson, MP and former cabinet member, was fatally wounded by an oncoming train.


Item Code: 3156

£ 160

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