Manchester, United Kingdom

The world's oldest railway station

This is where rail travel as we know it began. The world's first timetabled passenger service left this platform at Manchester's Liverpool Road station on 15 September 1830 heading for, appropriately enough, Liverpool.

The station itself didn't last very long. A change to the route of the line meant it was taken out of service for passengers by 1844, although it survived as a goods yard until 1975. Now it's part of the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry.

In the background is a rather newer addition to this part of Manchester, the Beetham Tower, the tallest building in the city.

The world's oldest railway station