S. G. Hughs after Isaac Shaw
Travelling on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway
30.5 x 15
An aquatint engraving partly printed in colour and finished by hand, engraved by S. G. Hughs after Isaac Shaw and published in London by Rudolph Ackermann in 1833.
It is hard to overstate the importance and significance of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in the history of rail travel in England and its contribution to the Industrial Revolution that was to follow. In its astonishing roll call of accolades, this railway was the first in the world to link two cities. It opened in September 1830 so by the time this print was made it had been in service for just over two years. Other "firsts" include its signalling system, the fact that it ran to a timetable, its ability to carry the mail and the fact that it ran totally on steam: no horses were injured in the making of this railway!