Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway goods train pulled by a steam locomotive at Accrington, Lancashire, 14 June The train is carrying billiard tables manufactured by the local company, Riley's of Accrington.
On February 15 1848 the Caledonian Railway company opened. The Caledonian Railway ran trains from London to Glasgow and was in fierce competition with the Edinburgh based North British Railway. Caledonian trains were painted a distinctive colour of blue, later called Caledonian blue, and carried the Royal Arms of Scotland on the trains. Later it became part of the London, Midland and Scottish group.