Picture of the Week: a dinosaur

Pageant at the Liverpool & Manchester Railway centenary, 1930

We’re continuing to celebrate the launch of our new railway photos browser, and now it’s my turn to choose a photo from the collection.

Britain’s railway companies have never been averse to celebrating their long history and heritage. 1930 marked the centenary of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway – the first railway in the world to link two cities. To mark the occasion, the London Midland and Scottish railway held a pageant marking the historic landmarks of transport. This included a working replica of Stephenson’s Rocket with carriages,and a modern Coronation Class express passenger locomotive.

But the pageant started with a scene that represented the beginning of the story of transport: a caveman dragging a cavewoman by her hair from the jaws of a dinosaur.

Will this moment will be recreated at the bi-centenary in 2030?

There are 1000s more old railway photos to browse at the photos page on our main website.

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About Christopher Valkoinen

I am a Copy Services Assistant in the Search Engine library and archives at the National Railway Museum in York. I am also the Inreach research service team leader.
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