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Robert Stephenson Trust
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THE ROBERT STEPHENSON TRUST,
c/o The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE
Email: rstrust@robertstephensontrust.com
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The Life of Robert Stephenson – a Timeline

Newcastle upon Tyne

1828 – 1833  His first priority was to improve the efficiency and appearance of travelling engines. It was Robert who came up with the design of ‘Rocket’ for the Liverpool & Manchester Railway competition at Rainhill to choose the most efficient means of propulsion for that railway. He had to overcome impractical ideas put forward by his father as well as others who favoured stationary engines pulling loads on ropes, as was commonplace on colliery waggonways.

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