Britain’s railway companies have never been averse to celebrating their long history and heritage. 1930 marked the centenary of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway – the first railway in the world to link two cities. To mark the occasion, the London Midland and Scottish railway held a pageant marking the historic landmarks of transport. This included a working replica of Stephenson’s Rocket with carriages,and a modern Coronation Class express passenger locomotive.
But the pageant started with a scene that represented the beginning of the story of transport: a caveman dragging a cavewoman by her hair from the jaws of a dinosaur.
Will this moment will be recreated at the bi-centenary in 2030?
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