My newly qualified secret agent, Li Bic, is being sent to Manchester to investigate the Chinatown there (which didn't actually exist in 1896, but I'm sending it back in time for the purposes of the story). So naturally, she will arrive by rail - but which station?
It surprised me to find that Manchester Piccadilly has only been known by that name since about 1960, but there has been a station on the site since 1842. For most of that time, it was known as London Road Station, and they even had postcards:
It looks a little bit different today, but that ramp in the foreground is still there.