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Thomas Newcomen

English inventor and engineer Thomas Newcomen was born 24 February 1664 in Dartmouth, Devon. He is credited with creating the first practical steam engine for pumping water, the Newcomen steam engine. At the time Devon was noted for its tin mines, where flooding was a major problem, limiting the depth at which the mineral could …

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SR West Country class Pacific 2-6-4 no. 34027 Taw Valley

I decided to pick up my stylus and have another go with Auto Desk Sketchbook for a laugh. I ended up drawing West Country Class Pacific locomotive 34027 Taw Valley traveling across Goodrington Sands.

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Pen-y-Darren

On 21 February 1804, the world’s first self propelling locomotive, the Pen-y-Darren, ran along the Merthyr Tydfil treatment road from Pen-y-Darren to Abercynon a distance of 9.75 miles(16 kilometres). The Pen-y-Darren was based on a 1802, high-pressure steam engines which had been built by Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick to drive a hammer at the Pen-y-Darren …

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Frederick Hawksworth CME

The last Great Western Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer Frederick William Hawksworth was born 10 February 1884 in Swindon, and he joined the GWR in 1898, aged 15, but did not become CME until he was 57, in 1941. Having been at the forefront of steam locomotive development under George Jackson Churchward, ideas at Swindon Works …

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Severn Valley Railway Steam Gala 2017

This years Severn Valley Railway Spring Steam Gala takes place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March 2017. It will feature three visiting locomotives to star alongside the Railway’s own eclectic mix of historical engines. Engines visiting this year include: Battle of Britain Class pacific locomotive No. 34081 92 Squadron in striking Malachite green, courtesy …

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Arthur Peppercorn

Arthur Peppercorn, the Cheif Mechanical Engineer for the LNER from 1946 to 1949, was born in Leominster, Herefordshire on 29 January 1889. He was educated at Hereford Cathedral School. In 1905 he started his career as an apprentice with the Great Northern Railway (GNR) at Doncaster. He succeeded Edward Thompson as CME on 1 July …

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Rod Stewart

British Rock singer/songwriter Sir Roderick Rod” Stewart, CBE was born 10 January 1945 in London. He attended Highgate Primary School and then attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School in Hornsey. Stewart’s main hobby was railway modelling and his family was mostly focused on football. Stewart’s father had played in a local amateur team and …

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Metropolitan Railway

The Metropolitan Railway (also known as the Met opened on 10January 1863 between Farringdon Station and London Paddington Station. It served London from 1863 to 1933, its main line heading north-west from the capital’s financial heart in the City to what were to become the Middlesex suburbs. Its first line connected the main-line railway termini …

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Big four railway Companies (GWR, LMS, LNER, SW) Nationalised

On 1 January 1923, almost all the railway companies were grouped into the Big Four: the Great Western Railway, the London and North Eastern Railway, the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the Southern Railway companies. A number of other lines, already operating as joint railways, remained separate from the Big Four; these included the …

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George Jackson Churchward

Best Known for designing GWR 3440 City of Truro, which held the unofficial record for the first steam locomotive to travel at over 100 miles per hour, British railroad engineer George Jackson Churchward sadly died 19 December 1933. Born 31st January 1857, he was Apprenticed in the Newton Abbot works of the South Devon Railway …

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