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George and Robert Stephenson, Railway Pioneers

Published 2010; 112pp; softback, 240x168mm.
ISBN 978-0-95643580-4 £12.99

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Cucumber straightener
George Stephenson’s patented cucumber straightener
Lift bridge, Snibston
Lift bridge, Snibston

Arnside Viaduct
Arnside Viaduct crossing the Kent estuary
Locomotion
Locomotion, Head of Steam Museum, Darlington
Tunel vent, Kilsby
Tunnel vent, Kilsby
High Level Bridge
High Level Bridge, Newcastle (pedestrian section)

George Stephenson did not invent the steam locomotive but he is the engineer who most successfully grappled with the early problems – from broken tracks to obstinate landowners – to eventually rise head and shoulders above his peer group. In truth even the early triumphs were as much the result of the support of his talented son Robert, who was to emerge by the middle of the eighteenth century as the most renouned of all the ‘heroic engineers’.

Photographic subjects include original locomotives in museum, replicas in steam and wonderful locations showing early railway engineering.
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