In Commemoration of the Opening of the Shoreham Branch of the London and Brighton Railway, May 1840


Aquatint engraving by Charles Hunt, no artist named, but probably by H G Hine who drew the same view for publication as a lithograph which was dedicated to the shareholders of the railway company. Published by W H Mason, 81 King’s Road, 20 November 1840. This was the first railway print published in Brighton. Mason then went on to publish the first view of the new Brighton Station in June 1841, before it officially opened in September.

When it opened, this was the first railway line into Brighton and the first train to Shoreham left with 240 passengers.

Illustrated in:

The Old Ship: A Prospect of Brighton by Raymond Flower. Croom Helm, 1986, p 104.

Life in Brighton: from the earliest times to the present by Clifford Musgrave. John Hallewell Publications, 2nd edition, 1981, after p 192.

Brave New City: Brighton & Hove Past, Present, Future by Anthony Seldon. Pomegranate Press, 2002, p 51.

J G Bishop’s A Peep into the Past: Brighton in the Olden Time, published by Bishop, 1880. Illustrated opposite p 254, and in the 1892 edition, opposite p 270.

Images of Brighton 836 also illustrated on page 100.

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