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Building the first inter-city rail link – The story of the London and Birmingham Railway

In the 1830s more than 20,000 navvies began work on one of the great engineering feats of the early Victorian Age – the construction of the 112 miles (180 kilometres) London and Birmingham Railway.

They changed railway history. This was the first intercity line to enter the capital, dramatically cutting through the streets, blasting through hills, and bridging rivers.  It also saw the development of two imposing termini – Euston and Curzon Street – which established the style of stations around the world for more than a century.



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Building the first inter-city rail link – The story of the London and Birmingham Railway