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A short biography of Robert Stephenson can be seen here

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The virtual archive celebrates the heritage of today’s railway infrastructure and provides public access to view a special selection from over five million historic records from original architectural drawings of the Forth Bridge and Paddington station to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s signature.

Bristol Temple Meads station

The archive team manages documents from the very earliest days of railway construction and we hold records by the most famous railway engineers including Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson, Joseph Locke and William Henry Barlow.

Visitors to can see historical records of some of the railway’s most significant structures and stations.

Original detail

Many early drawings show operational information such as foundations and original construction details which are very much part of today’s operational infrastructure and original documents relating to them are still referred to by today’s railway engineers.

Charting railway history

Some of the oldest records date back to the 1680s and are windows to the detailed and beautiful architectural work carried out by some of the world’s greatest engineers. These records include deeds which chart the history of all railway land and include documents from 1684 relating to the land Charing Cross is now built on, bearing the signature of Sir Christopher Wren - land he once owned was sold to the railway in the 19th century.

Buy a print of a favourite railway image

With only a small section of the five million articles available for the first phase of the virtual archive, we’re inviting visitors to ‘ask the archivist’ questions about the collection. Enthusiasts can buy a print of their favourite railway image or have it made into a range of items such as jigsaws and greetings cards.


All profits from this commercial activity will be reinvested in maintaining and improving Britain’s railways.

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Wednesday 29 February 2012

Stephenson Locomotive Society joint meeting with the Newcomen Society North Eastern Branch starting at 200pm in the Education
Room (adjacent to Reception) at the Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Newcastle. All Welcome

THOMAS ELLIOT HARRISON (1808 – 1888) an exemplary Victorian civil engineer

Bill Fawcett

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Royal Border Bridge, by Terence Cuneo

A railway poster of one of England’s most iconic bridges fetched £1000 at a Christie’s auction recently.

The poster of Berwick-upon-Tweed’s Royal Border Bridge is by Terence Cuneo, one of England’s most famous painters and illustrators.

He was the official illustrator at Elizabeth II’s coronation and made a name for himself as an painter of bridges, wildlife, portraits, landscapes, and military scenes.

The poster was expected to sell for £900 but went for £1000.  According to Christie’s, the lithograph was produced in 1946. It was one of the first posters used by newly-formed British Railways in 1948.

Cuneo became known for a style that captured both detail and the general milieu of everyday life. This led to his work having wide appeal and his posters became hugely popular. Reproductions are still sold today and also appear on cards and tiles.

Cuneo also painted the Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, and the Forth Bridge. Some of his work has sold for close to £6000.

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The presentation is illustrated with the use of historic documents, paintings, video and sound and focuses on the relationship between Robert Stephenson and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  Short biographies compare the main characteristics of the men and the presentation goes on to discuss their involvement in the east coast railway schemes which eventually become the East Coast Main Line.  The talk is then broadened out to include Robert Stephenson’s relationships with other Victorians and the schemes which he was involved with in later life.


The Speaker is Michael Taylor who is a Trustee, Exhibitions Curator, Newsletter Editor and Webmaster of the Robert Stephenson Trust.  He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Past Chairman of the North Eastern branch and Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and is North East Representative for the Panel for Historical Engineering Works.


6.15 pm 7th December 2011

Newcastle University
Room 2.32 Cassie Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom


For further information contact: Graham Yates


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The exhibition is curated by The Robert Stephenson Trust with the support of the Institution of Civil Engineers and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newcastle City Council


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