View Of The Canterbury And Whitstable Railway From Over The Tunnel On The Opening Day, May 3rd 1830.
view Of The Canterbury And Whitstable Railway From Church Street Taken On The Opening Day, May 3rd 1830..
A fine pair of lithographs in very good condition. Particularly good, strong impressions with reasonable margins all round. The pair have been expertly cleaned and stabilised and each let into a sheet of conservation tissue for good long term preservation. Presented in acid free cut-out mounts.
PAIR OF VIEWS OF THE FIRST STEAM PASSENGER RAILWAY
Canterbury Pubd., by Henry Ward, 14 Sun Street. (n.d. but),
To the board of directors this print is respectfully inscribed by their obedient servant [the publisher]
Coloured lithographs, 10½ x 16¾ inches, with good margins.
These views are rare. They were issued in printed wrappers without text. I have seen them with the wrappers only once, in a bookseller's catalogue (£8,000). A pair without wrappers, but signed by Stephenson, was sold at auction last year for £5000 (to the trade - now on sale at £15,000). We sold one of the pair in 1987 for £700.
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway was the first in the world to operate a steam-hauled passenger service. Locke and Dixon were the engineers under the direction of George Stephenson. The locomotive 'Invicta', built by Robert Stephenson and Co., hauled two trains on the opening day and continued in service until 1839. 'Invicta' has now been completely reconditioned and is on display in the Canterbury Heritage Museum in Stour Street, Canterbury. Robert Stephenson attended on the opening day and wrote on the 6th May 1830 'I returned from Canterbury on Tuesday. The opening of the Canterbury Railway went off remarkably well without a single mishap'. The C. and W. line became known affectionately as the 'Crab and Winkle'.
[Stock No. 24626]