Robert Stephenson, c 1840.
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Portrait of Robert Stephenson, about 1840. Robert Stephenson was a prominent engineer in the early days of the railways. He designed pioneering locomotives, including 'Rocket' and worked on the Stockton & Darlington Railway with his father, and on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. He also engineered the London to Birmingham line, and built imposing railway bridges, including the Britannia bridge over the Menai straits.