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The Life of Robert Stephenson, F.R.S.

The Life of Robert Stephenson, F.R.S.
With Descriptive Chapters on Some of his Most Important Professional Works
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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070768

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  • Relying on incremental experiment rather than leaps into the unknown, Robert Stephenson (1803–59) forged an influential career as a highly respected railway and civil engineer. From the steam locomotive Rocket to the London and Birmingham Railway and the Britannia Bridge, his work helped to consolidate the foundations of the modern engineering profession. Based on the first-hand testimony of relatives and contemporaries as well as correspondence and official records, this 1864 biography by John Cordy Jeaffreson (1831–1901), published only five years after Stephenson's death, tells the story of this quiet industrial innovator. Five chapters by engineer William Pole (1814–1900) provide a more technical insight, examining some of Stephenson's most significant railway bridges and his involvement with the atmospheric system. Volume 1 traces his early life and the building of the London and Birmingham Railway. Volume 2 covers his advocacy of standardisation of the permanent way during the Gauge War, and his life as a bridge builder and politician.

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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070768
    • length: 750 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.95kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The Stephenson family
    2. Long Benton
    3. Robert Stephenson, the schoolboy
    4. Robert Stephenson, the apprentice
    5. Preparations for America
    6. South America
    7. From South America to Newcastle
    8. Residence in Newcastle
    9. Residence in Newcastle (cont.)
    10. Construction of the London and Birmingham Railway
    11. Affairs, public and private, during the construction of the London and Birmingham Railway
    12. From the completion of the London and Birmingham Railway to the opening of the Newcastle and Darlington line
    13. Railway progress and railway legislation
    14. The atmospheric system of railway propulsion. Volume 2:
    1. The battle of the gauges
    2. Iron bridges
    3. The Britannia bridge
    4. The high level bridge at Newcastle-upon-Tyne
    5. Affairs, public and private, during the construction of the Chester and Holyhead Railway
    6. Robert Stephenson as politician and member of the House of Commons
    7. Robert Stephenson in London society
    8. The great Victoria Bridge over the river St Lawrence in Canada
    9. Concluding years at home and abroad
    10. Last scenes
    Index.

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    John Cordy Jeaffreson

    William Pole

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