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Posted By Robert. Stephenson

It is, in fact, a glass cucumber straightener from the mid-nineteenth century, invented by George stephenson who grew frustrated with the crookedness of the cucumbers growing in his Tapton House gardens and had several glass cylinders made at his Newcastle steam engine factory in order to control the wayward vegetables.

 George Stephenson’s patented cucumber straightener in front of its home at the Chesterfield Museum, Derbyshire. 

Stephenson also invented, or at least improved upon, the cucumber slicer, in his pursuit of the perfect sandwich for his afternoon tea.

George Stephenson’s cucumber slicer.

 

 

 

 

 
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North eastern railway pioneer George Stephenson has recently had his Newcastle upon Tyne based statue restored, and very good it looks too.



Stephenson's birthplace is now in the care of the National Trust and is located just outside Wylam village. I do like the foxgloves growing within the garden.



The plaque on Stephenson's cottage includes a representation of his the famous Rainhill Trials winning locomotive Rocket, a  machine which embodied most of the key design features of all subsequent steam locos.


A replica of the original, seen within Shildon Museum, shows the then novel multitubular boiler with steam collecting dome and blast pipe within the chimney. It should be noted that it was George's son Robert who is normally credited with the design of the Rocket!

 
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Rail watchers in Brazil (where there is - and never has been - one single gauge) are getting excited about this technology from Spain...

 

 

 
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