***Mini Challenge #532*** "Trains/Train Tracks"

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Re: ***Mini Challenge #532*** Three Entries

Trafford2 wrote:

edform wrote:

Three shots from a visit to the National Railway Museums at York and Shildon...

If you collect Railway signs and the like, you'd probably kill to get your hands on this - it's on the wall in the Shildon Museum and no other place on earth is entitled to put up such a sign.

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was a railway opened on 15 September 1830 between the Lancashire towns of Liverpool and Manchester in England. It was the first railway to rely exclusively on locomotives driven by steam power, with no horse-drawn traffic permitted at any time; the first to be entirely double track throughout its length; the first to have a signalling system; the first to be fully timetabled; and the first to carry mail.

The Stockton to Darlington never used horses, Trafford. The guy who financed it, Edward Pease, had intended to, but George Stephenson convinced him that his steam engines could pull 50 times the load that horses could handle, so he got the contract and no horses were ever used. The line was built to haul coal from a seam near Shildon.

The Manchester/Liverpool line had the distinction of the first indoor railway station ever built - It was in Manchester, and I believe it's still there hidden within a block of other buildings.

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