George Stephenson was born in 1781, the son of a Northumberland
colliery engineman. Within a hundred years of his birth his railway
legacy had opened up vast tracts of the planet, many of those
routes engineered by George himself or his son Robert. Their
locomotive factory at Newcastle upon Tyne soon outgrew its premises
and a much larger site was founded at Darlington. The father and
son are well known for their pioneering work on the Stockton &
Darlington and Liverpool & Manchester railways, but they
engineered more than locomotives. Robert is responsible for some of
the world's most innovative and impressive bridges and the company
the Stephensons founded continued (as Robert Stephenson Hawthorn)
to build locomotives for a burgeoning worldwide market for well
over a century. This book will tell its story and show its global
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