The Life of Robert Stephenson – a Timeline
London & Birmingham Railway (111 miles long)
The scale of this undertaking was unprecedented but it was completed on time and to its budget of £5.5 million. His methods became models for railway engineering practice. He designed the tied arch iron bridge at Long Buckby
1836 Railway mania took hold in Britain. Robert opened an office at 16 Duke Street, London. He directed the Birmingham & Derby Junction, York & North Midland, and Midland Counties Railways.
1837 He moved office to 35½ Great George Street, London. On the 23rd December a dinner was held at Dunchurch to celebrate Robert’s achievement with the London & Birmingham Railway. He was presented with a silver salver engraved: ‘to Robert Stephenson, Esq, Engineer-in-Chief of the London and Birmingham Railway, a tribute of the respect and esteem from the members of the Engineering Department who were employed under him in the execution of that great work. Presented on the eve of their gradual separation.’