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Stephenson was born to Robert Stephenson Senior in Newcastle. He was born into a great family of civil engineers, his father was engineer of Pendleton Colliery and Nantlle Railway, his elder brother George Stephenson was a prolific railway engineer as were his uncle George Stephenson and cousin Robert Stephenson It was with Robert that he collaborated most, working together on the South Eastern Railway. Upon Robert's death in 1859 he took over his locomotive works and several collieries.


In the 1860s, Stephenson travelled to New Zealand to supervise the survey and arrangements for the construction of a railway from Christchurch, through Mount Pleasant to Lyttelton Harbour. The Lyttelton rail tunnel is still in use today as the country’s oldest operational rail tunnel. Stephenson enjoyed a long association with the country, for which he designed several other works in the mid-nineteenth century.


He is perhaps most famous for his close relationship with the Institution of Civil Engineers. He became a member in 1853 and was elected to the council in 1859. The expansion of the Institution's premises in 1868 was made possible by his donation of land to the rear of his offices at 24 Great George Street. He served as president of the Institution between December 1875 and December 1877.

He married Jane Brown in 1846 and had six children. After Jane died in 1884 he soon remarried to Sarah Harrison who died in 1893.

He died at his home in Cheltenham on 26 October 1905.


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Britannia Bridge 

Claims that so-called urban explorers are trespassing on a landmark bridge to take photos have led to a strong warning by transport police.

Internet pictures have been posted taken from Britannia Bridge linking Anglesey with the north Wales mainland.

Urban explorers examine areas which are normally unseen or off-limits, such as empty factories, abandoned shipyards and tunnels.

British Transport Police called it "illegal and extremely dangerous".

The two-tier structure carries trains and vehicles, and some photographs have been taken under the bridge and show maintenance walkways, columns and the railway.

A BTP spokesman said: "BTP officers are investigating possible trespass offences after being made aware of photographs which appear to have been taken from Britannia Bridge in north Wales and which have appeared online.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the identity of the person, or persons, responsible for taking the photographs and to establish whether any offences have taken place.

"Trespassing on any part of the railway is illegal and extremely dangerous."

BTP said parts of Britannia Bridge were restricted areas and could only be accessed by trained railway staff and contractors because of the dangers.

The spokesman added: "Signs warning people not to trespass on railway property are in place for your safety - not for your inconvenience - and they must be adhered to."

The bridge was badly damaged by fire in 1970. It reopened to rail traffic in 1972, and the road was opened in 1980.

BTP said they were not aware of people trespassing on other prominent sites in Wales to take photographs.

Anyone with information about those responsible for taking the photographs is asked to contact the British Transport Police on 0800 405040.

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