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The Liverpool to Manchester Railway - the world's first railway, Manchester

  • Lecture
  • Manchester
  • 09 January 2018
  • 18:00 - 20:00
The Liverpool to Manchester Railway - the world's first railway, Manchester

About this event

The L&MR is probably the most outstanding piece of Civil Engineering Heritage in the region, if not the country. Acknowledged as the world`s first locomotive hauled steam railway, it still performs its original function today. It was instrumental in enabling the Industrial Revolution in the UK and the technology and the engineers went on to build the railways of the world.

The talk will deal with the inception, planning, design and construction of the railway. It will go on to the choice of motive power and the opening of the railway.


Jim Parry

The speaker is Jim Parry, a chartered civil engineer and retired senior lecturer (Liverpool John Moores University). Jim has a great interest in civil engineering heritage in general and in his native Liverpool. He views the heritage in terms of ‘What has engineering done for the city?’, and, ‘What has the city done for engineering?

Jim chairs the ICE NW Historical Engineering Group whose aims include saving valuable pieces of infrastructure for posterity and also publicising the works that still perform their original purpose, forming integral parts of the modern day infrastructure of the region.

This meeting is being run in conjunction with the Manchester library archive and a selection of items relating to the railway will be available to view before the presentation.

As part of ICE’s bicentenary celebrations, the presentation is open to the public. Please feel free to bring friends and family along.

Organised by ICE Manchester Branch

For further details please contact Katie Goode


Event venue

Manchester Central Library
St Peter's Square
Manchester M2 5PD
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Janice Parkinson

e: janice.parkinson@ice.org.uk