First Train to London

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Historical Context Note

The first locomotive-driven passenger railway, which opened in 1825, was the Stockton-Darlington railway. By the middle of the following decade, railway lines had proliferated, and lines were being built to connect the key ports of Liverpool and Bristol with the capital. But the train did not travel within London until 1836. This was the initial section of a railway line to connect London and Greenwich, which ran between Deptford and Bermondsey. Later in the year, London Bridge station, the first central London terminus, was opened. This enabled city-dwellers to visit the green spaces to the east in only twelve minutes, much faster than the equivalent journey by boat or omnibus. This was also the first elevated railway in the world, …

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Editors. "First Train to London". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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