Stephenson (George), and Blackett (Thomas O.) "A Plan and Section of an intended Railway or Tram Road from Liverpool to Manchester in the County Palatine of Lancaster, surveyed by George Stephenson, Engineer, 20th. day of November 1824" 68 x 112cm.

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Stephenson (George), and Blackett (Thomas O.) "A Plan and Section of an intended Railway or Tram Road from Liverpool to Manchester in the County Palatine of Lancaster, surveyed by George Stephenson, Engineer, 20th. day of November 1824" 68 x 112cm.

Sold for £ 5,287 (US$ 6,622) inc. premium

Maps, Oils and Watercolours

23 Jun 2005, 11:00 BST

Chester

Stephenson (George), and Blackett (Thomas O.)
"A Plan and Section of an intended Railway or Tram Road from Liverpool to Manchester in the County Palatine of Lancaster, surveyed by George Stephenson, Engineer, 20th. day of November 1824"
signed and inscribed, pen and ink, on architect's tracing paper, backed with paper and linen mounted, unframed
68 x 112cm.

Footnotes

  • This pen and ink drawing appears to be an early, detailed plan for the proposed Liverpool to Manchester Railway. The plan could possibly have been drawn to obtain Parliamentary or local council approval, or for Stephenson's own use.

    The Liverpool to Manchester Railway was a landmark in a number of ways. It was the world's first full sized railway which connected two towns. During construcion of the line, the Directors held the famous "Rainhill Trials", just outside Liverpool. These were a series of trials between prototype steam engines, to establish by competition the most reliable and powerful engine. George Stephenson's "Rocket" was adopted by the company as a result of the trials. The Liverpool to Manchester Railway opened in 1830.

    The railway was a highly successful commercial venture, and was of primary importance in transporting cotton for processing to and from the mills of Manchester. Later on, the Railway Company exploited its monopoly position in this trade, so in the 1890's the Manchester cotton merchants built the Manchester Ship Canal to avoid the punitive freight rates.
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