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Issue Date: 15/09/2005
Issue Name: Liverpool - Manchester Railway: 175 Years
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Celebrate the 175th anniversary of the oldest passenger railway station in the world! The Liverpool-Manchester Railway was opened in 1830. As the world's first mainline railway, it opened up travel for people in a way never seen before and played a vital part in the industrial revolution. This unusual rail cover, complete with full set of 1980 Liverpool-Manchester stamps (hard to get hold of these days), is set to become a classic.
The Opening of the Liverpool to Manchester Railway
After the successful opening of the Stockton - Darlington Railway, it became obvious that it would be very profitable to transport goods from the port of Liverpool to the manufacturers in Manchester. This idea was not universally supported as the Duke of Bridgewater was making a fortune from transporting these goods along the Bridgewater Canal.
It took some years and much wrangling before the proposed railway began. George Stephenson the engineer, had quite a few problems. The Liverpool & Manchester railway was 31 miles long, crossing the unstabel peat bog of Chat Moss, a nine-arched viaduct across the Sankey Valley, and a two mile long rock cutting at Oliver Mount. Passenger trains started at the Crown Stree Station, Liverpool and after passing Moorish Arch at Edge Hill terminated at Water Street in Manchester.
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