London and Greenwich

The first section of the London & Greenwich Railway was opened in 1836. However, it was not until December, 1838 that the whole line was finished. Although the original survey suggested that the four-mile railway would cost £400,000, by the time Greenwich Station was finished in 1840, the total sum spent on the railway was nearly a £1 million.

Built on a viaduct consisting of 978 arches, the line ran from London Bridge to Greenwich. Unlike other railways at the time, the London & Greenwich was built specifically for passenger traffic and was the first of the many inner suburban commuter systems. The railway was a great success and by March 1841 the locomotives on the line had made 170,000 journeys and had carried 6,800,000 passengers.

London to Greenwich Railway in 1840.
London to Greenwich Railway in 1840.
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