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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 September 2005, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
First inter-city rail ride marked
Actors Dean Sullivan and Pauline Daniels
The first journey was re-enacted at Liverpool Lime Street
Train enthusiasts are commemorating 175 years since the first commercial train travelled from Liverpool to Manchester.

Actors in period dress will recreate the journey on a train from Lime Street station to Manchester on Thursday.

The original journey took place on 15 September 1830 from the old Crown Street station in Liverpool.

Thursday's train will stop at Rainhill where George Stephenson's Rocket was named as the best engine to operate on the route in the Rainhill Trials.

Stephenson invented the engine, which amazed crowds when it reached speeds of 29mph in 1829.

The railway opened at the forefront of the revolutionary transport boom and was the world's first inter-city route.

Steam train

Councillor Warren Bradley will start the event by unveiling a plaque at the original terminus, in Crown Street Park at 0945 BST.

He said: "The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester railway was a hugely significant event for the whole world.

"The North West was at the forefront of a revolutionary new transport boom, allowing goods and people to be transported across vast distances at speeds never previously possible.

"Thursday's celebrations are an important reminder of Liverpool's role in this ground-breaking historical event."

The event has been organised by the Liverpool Culture Company.

Graham Boxer, head of heritage development at Liverpool Culture Company said: "The Liverpool Culture Company is delighted to help celebrate this landmark event in the city's history.

"What better way to mark the 175th anniversary of this momentous journey than by bringing the story to life with a historic re-enactment?"




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