Thomas Brasey, British railway engineer, 1877.
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Chromolithograph by Carlo Pellegrini (Ape) of Thomas Brasey (1805-1870). In 1834 while working as a land surveyor Brasey met George Stephenson and as a result won a contract to build a railway viaduct at Bromborough, Cheshire. Brasey was also involved in the building of the Grand Junction Railway with Joseph Locke, the Victoria Docks in London, the Lancaster & Carlisle Railway, the Caledonian Railway, the Great Northern Railway, the Tilbury & Southend Railway, the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway, and the Paris & Le Havre Railway in France. Brasey also built railways in Asia, Australia, North and South America, constructing over 10,000 kilometers of track. From the magazine 'Vanity Fair'. He is pictured here holding a sextant. Dimensions: 400mm x 270mm.