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A Victorian locomotive with a steam engine.
Victorian Locomotive with Steam Engine

Rail travel was the most popular form of transport for both goods and people throughout the Victorian era and into the 20th Century.


Black and white photograph of multiple train tracks running into a station
Newly Built Preston Station in 1838

The first railway line in Preston opened in 1838 and went to Wigan. By the 1840s trains went to the cities of Liverpool, Manchester, London, Glasgow, and local towns including Blackpool. The main station opened in 1880.

Wilson trains with carriages for carrying goods like coal.  There are multiple train track heading into buildings
Wilson Trains with Goods Carriages


Discussion Idea

  • How do you think the railway changed life for people in Victorian times?