Edward Fletcher, British engineer, December 1882.
© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library
Oil painting by John Hodgson Campbell. Fletcher (1807-1889) was an apprentice at Robert Stephenson & Company and made a large contribution to the building of the famous 'Rocket' locomotive. He asisted in the construction of the Canterbury & Whitstable Railway, and drove Stephenson's locomotive 'Invicta' at its opening in 1830. He was locomotive superintendent for the North Eastern Railway from 1854 to 1882.