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Robert Stephenson 1803-1859

Robert Stephenson 1803-1859

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SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SHEILA TERRY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Coloured engraving of Robert Stephenson, British engineer and railway pioneer. Robert, son of George Stephenson, was educated at Newcastle and Edinburgh. In 1821 he helped his father survey the Stockton and Darlington Railway. After managing mines in South America, he took up a job as manager of a locomotive works in Newcastle. In 1829 he built the locomotive Rocket, which won the Rainhill trials and pulled trains on the new Liverpool and Manchester railway. In 1833 he moved to London and became involved in designing bridges for railways.The best known is the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits with four spans of up to 140 metres, constructed in a tubular cast iron design.

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