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Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks

Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks


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Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks

Train crossing Stockport viaduct on London & North Western Railway. Note pollution of river banks, smoking chimneys and complete domination of scene by railway viaduct. Pedestrian and horse traffic on left. Lithograph c1845

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This lithograph from 1845 showcases the train crossing Stockport viaduct on the London & North Western Railway, offering a glimpse into a bygone era of British engineering and industrial revolution. The scene is dominated by the magnificent railway viaduct, stretching across the landscape with an imposing presence. As one's eyes wander towards the river banks, however, a stark reminder of pollution becomes evident. The once pristine shores are marred by debris and waste, serving as a poignant commentary on the environmental impact of rapid industrialization. Amidst this juxtaposition between progress and its consequences, life continues to thrive in this bustling corner of England. On the left side of the image, pedestrians and horses navigate their way through daily traffic, showcasing how transportation has evolved over time. Smoking chimneys further emphasize that this was an age defined by steam power and heavy industry. This lithograph captures not only a moment frozen in time but also serves as a historical document highlighting both triumphs and challenges faced during Britain's industrial revolution. It invites viewers to reflect upon our relationship with nature while marveling at human ingenuity in shaping our world through civil engineering feats like this remarkable viaduct crossing Stockport.

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