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Robert Stephenson & Co. of Newcastle on Tyne was set up to manufacture equipment for the emerging railway industry, particularly locomotives, in 1823. The company developed the locomotive, already successfully operated at Killingworth and Hetton Collieries, for ever-more demanding duties on the earliest steam operated public railways.

Giant strides were made in improving design, materials and manufacturing techniques before the ‘Stephenson’ form of locomotive was developed, suitable for main line operation on the Liverpool & Manchester and other early main line railways in Britain, Europe and the United States.

About the Speaker

Dr. Michael Bailey is the President of the Stephenson Locomotive Society and a Past-President of the Newcomen Society. He has undertaken considerable work on the archaeology of early steam locomotives and has written extensively about early locomotive design and manufacturing progress during the 19th century.

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