Robert Stephenson, English mechanical and civil engineer, c 1850s.

Holl, Francis

 
Robert Stephenson, English mechanical and civil engineer, c 1850s.
4 0 c m
 
32cm
actual image size: 24cm x 32cm

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Engraving by Francis Holl, 1860, after an original work by George Richmond. Robert Stephenson (1803-1859) was an engineer and the son of George Stephenson (1781-1848), whom he asisted with the survey of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1821. In 1829 he designed the 'Rocket' locomotive which won the 'Rainhill Trials', a competition set up to find the most suitable locomotive for haulage on the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. He was also chief engineer of the London & Birmingham Railway, completed in 1838. He designed many bridges, most famously the Royal Border and Britannia Tubular bridges, both constructed in 1850. He is buried in Westminster Abbey in London.

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