Letter from George Stephenson to Ellen Gregory, c 1840-1848.
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Railway pioneer George Stephenson (1781-1848) married Ellen Gregory, his third wife, in 1848, the year of his death. Stephenson had an illustrious career in the railways, being commisioned to design a steam locomotive for the Killingworth wagonway, before becoming the engineer for the Stockton & Darlington Railway (1825), the world's first pasenger railway. In 1829, he was chief engineer on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (1829). Later he worked on an advisory level on the Belgian State Railway (1835) and many English railways.