The Mersey Tunnel Railway

with lots of smoke from both funnels of small paddle steamer

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 432 STG191a 44a

Image of train running through tunnel, ships on the Mersey river above the tunnel, and small paddle steamer making a lot of smoke

Woven on silk:-

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

The Mersey Tunnel Railway.

cm deep by cm wide

cm high by cm wide

by Austin Sprake:
Sprake does not record this version of the Mersey Tunnel.

by Geoffrey Godden:
This rare landscape view shows the River Mersey with both sail and steam shipping, and a four-coach train passing from left to right in the tunnel under the river. The Mersey Tunnel was opened on 1 February 1886 and the title was first included on 20+2 but was discontinued as from label 31+32 of early 1900.
This silk was apparently introduced at the little known Liverpool International Exhibition of Navigation, Travelling, Commerce and Manufacture which opened on 11 May 1886. The Scotsman of 11 May 1886 reported: 'This same firm [Thomas Stevens] is exhibiting at Liverpool a somewhat similar loom on which are being woven representations of the Mersey Tunnel Railway. . . .'
The early issues of the second version of this picture [st436 on this site] are mounted on type B card-mounts; later ones are on type C mounts.
A very rare variation occurs [that is, the image above] in which the small paddle-steamer ferry to the left of the large vessel is shown with much smoke issuing from the two funnels. This smoke measures about half an inch. It was reduced on the later, normal issues [st436]. This rare smoky variation above occurs with the first label 20+2 and was apparently the first design, soon amended to the standard version shown [in st436].

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