London Midland & Scottish Railway poster. The Britannia Tubular Bridge - Menai Straits by Norman Wilkinson. Landscape with bridge in foreground. Text: The train which left Euston on August 1st. 1848, was called "The Irish Mail", and has been so named ever since. It started at 8.45pm. that night , and that is its time today. But the Britannia Bridge was not yet built and passengers and mail bags had to take coach from Bangor to Telford's Suspension Bridge to Anglesley where another train awaited them. By June 1850 the Britannia Bridge was opento traffic and today Robert Stephenson's mighty engineering feat stands as a memorial to the consummate skill of the Victorian generation of engineers. Today the Irish Mail provides a day and night service to Ireland, covering the journey between Euston and Kingstown (Dun Loaghaire) in a little over 9 hours. Other ids: ERO53351. Format: quad royal. Dimensions: 40 x 50 inches, 1016 x 1270 mm.
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