The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 2 (May 2, 1938.)
Some Important Anniversaries
Some Important Anniversaries.
The largest Home railway—the L.M. & S.—is this year to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the opening of one of its most important sections, between London and Birmingham. The earliest length of the London and Birmingham Railway — the first trunk line out of London — was opened from Euston to Boxmoor (242 miles) in July, 1837, but the line was not opened throughout to Birmingham until September 17, 1838. Another important centenary which falls this year is that of the opening of the North Union Railway, from Wigan (of music - hall fame) to Preston, in October, 1838. This opening established continuous railway communication between Euston Station, London, and Preston, in Lanca-shire, a distance of 216 1/2 miles. In May this year, also, there occurs the centenary of the opening of the Manchester and Bolton Railway, the first completed section of what later became the Lancashire and Yorkshire system, itself eventually swallowed up in the L. M. & S. group; while October will see the one-hundredth anniversary of the opening of the Sheffield & Rotherham Railway.