History explorer: The birth of the railways

As part of our series in which experts nominate British locations to illustrate historical topics, Di Drummond visits Manchester Liverpool Road Station, where the age of passenger rail travel was born

A portrait of Di Drummond for BBC History Magazine

This article was first published in the May 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

When travelling by train few of us realise how the railway transformed the world, helping to create that frantic pace of life that makes us ‘modern’. Visiting the Manchester Liverpool Road Station at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry – the world’s oldest surviving passenger station and the original terminus station for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (L&MR) – reminds us that the modern age was born in north-west England.

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