Eminent engineers

Find out about the people who engineered Britain's railway.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806–1859)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel is celebrated as an engineering genius. His daring schemes and record breaking structures are still a vital part of today’s railway infrastructure. 

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William Henry Barlow (1812–1902)

WH Barlow was a civil engineer known for his large scale engineering projects including the magnificent train shed roof at St Pancras station and the new Tay Bridge. 

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George Stephenson (1781–1848)

George Stephenson’s achievements in both civil and mechanical engineering has directly influenced much of our railway infrastructure today.  For his pioneering work he is known as the father of the railways. 

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Robert Stephenson (1803–1859)

Robert Stephenson's forward thinking enabled the significant expansion of railways. His expertise in both civil and mechanical engineering established the concept of the railway which developed in this country, and was then exported to the world. 

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