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The first railways

In 1830, Manchester became the international symbol of a new age. A revolutionary railroad triggered a transformation in trade, travel, technology and time.

The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the world's first steam powered, inter-urban railway designed to transport both passengers and goods. Its Manchester terminus was Liverpool Road Station, now home to the Science and Industry Museum. For almost 150 years, goods of every description poured in and out of Liverpool Road.

Explore the stories behind the museum’s historic site and discover its globally significant collection of railway buildings.