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What are the most famous steam locomotives in history?

Has to be real

not made up.

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History of Famous British Engineers

History of Famous British Engineers


Britains history is made up of very famous engineers all through their history. This has made me decide to list just some of the most famous with links to websites with more details on the various engineers.


Thomas Savery (1650-1715)
Thomas Savery was an English military engineer and inventor who in 1698, patented the first crude steam engine.

James Watt (1736-1819)

Was the son of a merchant, was born in Greenock, Scotland, in 1736. At the age of nineteen Watt was sent to Glasgow learn the trade of a mathematical-instrument maker.

After spending a year in London, Watt returned to Glasgow in 1757 where he established his own instrument-making business. Watt soon developed a reputation as a high quality engineer and was employed on the Forth & Clyde Canal and the Caledonian Canal. He was also engaged in the improvement of harbours and in the deepening of the Forth, Clyde and other rivers in Scotland.

Thomas Telford (1757-1834) (Famous Bridge Builder)

Was the son of a shepherd, was born in Westerkirk, Scotland in 1757. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to a stonemason. He worked for a time in Edinburgh and in 1792 he moved to London where he was involved in building additions to Somerset House. Two years later he found work at Portsmouth dockyard.


George Stephenson (1781- 1848)


Was a British engineer who designed a famous and historically important steam-powered locomotive named Rocket, and is known as the Father of British Steam Railways.

George Stephenson was born in Wylam, England, 9.3 miles (15 km) west of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1748, a wagonway — an arrangement similar to a railway, but with wooden tracks and designed to support horse-drawn carts — had been built from the Wylam colliery to the River Tyne, running for several miles (several km). The young Stephenson grew up near it, and in 1802 gained employment as an engine-man at a coal mine. For the next ten years his knowledge of steam engines increased, until in 1812 he stopped operating them for a living, and started building them.


Charles Babbage (1791-1871) (Inventor of First Computer)

Charles Babbage was born in Teignmouth, Devon, in 1791. Educated at Trinity College Cambridge, he spent most of his life trying to build calculating machines. The first of these was designed to calculate tables of logarithms and similar functions by repeated addition performed by gear wheels. A small prototype model of the difference engine was produced in 1822 and this resulted in him receiving a government grant to build a full-sized machine.


Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)

In 1827 he began work on the Rocketlocomotive. Robert’s abilities as an engineer was illustrated by the success of the Rocket at the Rainhill Trials in October, 1829.


Isaambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859)

Was born in Portsmouth on 9th April, 1806. He was educated at Hove, near Brighton. In 1823 Brunel went to work with his father on the building of the Thames Tunnel. He was later to be appointed as resident engineer at the site.

In 1829 Brunel designed a suspension bridge to cross the River Avon at Clifton. His original design was rejected on the advice of Thomas Telford, but an improved version was accepted but the project had to be abandoned because of a lack of funds.

Sir William Arrol (1839-1913)

Sir William Arrol was born in 1839 and became famous for his building of the Forth Rail Bridge between North and South Queensferry in Scotland. The bridge with its three cantilever towers which are each 104m (340 feet) high was the design of Sir John Fowler (1817-98) and Sir Benjamin Baker (1840 – 1907) and was constructed by Arrol at a cost of some £2½ million. Building began in 1883 and took seven years to complete; the Prince of Wales at the time (later to become King Edward VII) finished the construction by driving home an inscribed gold rivet on 4th of March 1890.

Thomas Andrews (1873-1912)

Born in Comber (pronounced cum-ber), County Down, Thomas Andrews was the son of a politician and a mother whose father owned Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard. In 1884 at the age of 11 Andrews entered the Belfast Academic Institute and left in 1889 to become an apprentice at Harland and Wolff where his parents paid the sum of £100 for his apprenticeship.

R.J.Mitchell (1893-1937) (Inventor of the Spitfire)

Perhaps Mitchell’s greatest legacy was the Spitfire single-seat fighter, designed between 1934 and 1936. It was a hybrid of many diverse technical developments. Using high-speed flight experience gained through the Schneider Trophy successes, influences from the German aircraft manufacturer, Junkers, and learning vital lessons from Supermarine’s unsuccessful Type 224, the Spitfire was a masterpiece of practical engineering design that Mitchell would never see fly in combat.

Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) (Inventor of the Jet Engine)

Whittle’s jet-propelled Gloster E28 took its first flight on 15th May, 1941 and travelled at speeds of 350 mph. This was followed by the Gloster Meteor that was used to intercept German V1 Flying Bomb. Power Jets Company was taken over by the British government in 1944.

Sir Christopher Cockerell (1910-1999) (Inventor of the Hovercraft)

In 1953 Cockerell began work on his invention the hovercroft. After successful experiments on Oulton Broad, Cockerell approached the government National Research Development Council (NRDC) who invested £1,000 in his invention. However, it took him another three years before he got full commercial backing for his project.

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Below is a list of more British Engineers.

James Abernethy – Scottish canal, marine and bridge engineer

John Aird – English engineer from the late 19th century

David Anderson – Scottish civil engineer and lawyer

William George Armstrong – British engineer and 22nd president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Sir William Arrol – Scottish engineer involved with the construction of the Tay Rail Bridge, Forth Railway Bridge and Tower Bridge

Sir Ove Arup – Founder of Arup

John Aspinall – British railway engineer

Benjamin Baker – English engineer in late 19th century

James Arthur Banks – British Dam engineer

Robert Barker – English railway engineer who also played in the first ever football international game.

Peter W. Barlow – English engineer in late 19th century. Notable for Lambeth Bridge (old) and tunnelling shield

William Henry Barlow – English engineer in late 19th century; railway engineering

Sir John Wolfe-Barry – English engineer in late 19th century; designed Tower Bridge

John Frederic La Trobe Bateman – British hydraulic engineer

Sir Joseph Bazalgette – English engineer in late 19th century;

Sir George Berkley – British railway engineer

George Parker Bidder – British engineer; railways, telegraphs and hydraulics

Sir Alexander Binnie – English engineer in late 19th century; tunnels and bridges across the Thames

William Binnie – British waterworks engineer, son of the above

John Blenkinsop – English engineer in mid 19th century; railways, locomotives and mining

Benjamin Blyth – Scottish railway engineer

Benjamin Blyth II – Scottish railway engineer, first practising Scottish engineer to become president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Sir Thomas Bouch – English engineer in late 19th century; first Tay Rail Bridge disaster

William Bragge – English engineer in the 19th century

Frederick Bramwell – British Engineer

James Brindley – English engineer from mid 18th century – canals and watermills

John Alexander Brodie – City Engineer of Liverpool and inventor of the football goal net

George Barclay Bruce – English railway engineer

Henry Marc Brunel – English engineer in late 19th century.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel – English engineer in mid 19th century – designed Great Western Railway, a series of famous steamships, and important bridges.

James Brunlees – Scottish engineer notable for designing Southend Pier

Peter Bruff – English engineer in 19th century. Notable for work in Clacton on Sea

Sir George Buchanan – British civil engineer associated with harbour works in Burma, Iraq and Bombay, during early 20th century.

William Tierney Clark – English engineer in mid 19th century; suspension bridges

Reginald Coates – British civil engineer and academic

John Coode – English engineer, notable for work on Portland Harbour

Henry Cronin – British civil engineer

William Cubitt – English engineer in 19th century.

Jonathan Davidson – British civil engineer

Sydney Donkin – British civil, mechanical and electrical engineer

Francis Drake

Thomas Dadford Junior — canals

Robert Elliott-Cooper – British civil engineer

William Henry Ellis – British civil engineer and steel maker

Joshua Field – telegraph cables, sewerage

Maurice Fitzmaurice – Irish bridge, dam and tunnel engineer

Ken Fleming – Northern Irish civil engineer and piling and foundations specialist

Sanford Fleming – railroads, time zone

Sir John Fowler – bridges

Sir Charles Fox – British railway engineer

Charles Douglas Fox – British railway engineer

Thomas Pierson Frank – British civil engineer

Ralph Freeman – English bridge and highways engineer

Buckminster Fuller

Angus Fulton – British civil engineer

William George Nicholson Geddes – Scottish engineer

Alexander Gibb – Scottish railway and military engineer

Alfred Giles – British civil engineer

William Glanville – British highways engineer

Charles Hutton Gregory – railways,

William Grierson – British railway engineer

John Griffith – Irish engineer

Sir William Halcrow – tunnels

Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llanover – Big Ben

Archibald Milne Hamilton – Callender-Hamilton Bridge and Hamilton Road in Kurdistan

Dr Edmund Hambly – British structural engineer

Sir William Gordon Harris – British docks and roads engineer

Thomas Elliott Harrison – British railway and bridge engineer

Arthur Hartley – British oil engineer

Sir John Hawkshaw – British railway and harbour engineer

John Clarke Hawkshaw – British engineer, son of the above

Thomas Hawksley – English engineer noted for his work on water supplies

Charles Hawksley – Son of the above, also a water engineer

Harrison Hayter – British railway and harbour engineer

Brodie Henderson – British railway engineer

Hugh Henshall – British canal engineer and student of James Brindley

Roger Hetherington – British civil engineer

Roger Gaskell Hetherington – British Ministry of Health civil engineer

Clement Hindley – British railway engineer

George Humphreys – British civil engineer

James Charles Inglis, British engineer

John Holmes Jellett – docks and harbours

John B. Jervis – canals and railroads

William Jessop – canals

Albert Mussey Johnson – helped design Scotty’s Castle.

Theodore Judah – railroads

Edward Judge – bridges

Alexander Kennedy – British maritime and electrical engineer and academic

Kirby Laing – former chairman of John Laing plc

Anthony George Lyster – British docks engineer

John MacAdam – roads

Sir John MacNeill – railways

William Mahone – plank road, railways

Robert Manning – Open channel flow

James Mansergh – English railway, water supply and sewage engineer

William Marriott – English railway engineer

William Matthews – British harbour engineer

William Maw – British railway engineer

Sir Henry Maybury – British railway and highways engineer

John Robinson McClean – British engineer, railways, water supply

Conde McCullough – bridges

Scott McMorrow – playwright, poet, and engineer

John Miller (engineer), 19th century Edinburgh-based railway engineer (Grainger & Miller)

Guilford Lindsey Molesworth – English railway engineer

General Sir John Monash GCMG, KCB, VD – bridges and precast concrete (also Commander of the Australian Corps in World War I)

Charles Langbridge Morgan – British civil engineer

James Morgan – Regent’s Canal

Basil Mott – mines, tunnels, bridges

Sir Alan Muir Wood – British tunnelling engineer

Benjamin Outram – canals

William N. Page – railways, mining

Frederick Palmer – Dockyards

William Barclay Parsons

Thomas Paton – British dam engineer

Allan Quartermaine – British civil engineer

Robert Rawlinson – English canal engineer and sanitarian

Richard Redmayne – British mining and civil engineer

Vernon Robertson – British civil engineer

Alexander Ross (engineer) – Scottish railway engineer

Leopold Halliday Savile – British reservoir engineer

Robert Stephenson – railways

Robert Stevenson – lighthouses

John Edward Thornycroft – British ship builder and president of the Institution of Civil Engineers

Ernest Crosbie Trench – British railway engineer

William Unwin – British civil and materials engineer

Charles Blacker Vignoles – British railway engineer

James Walker

William Kelly Wallace – Irish railway engineer

André Waterkeyn designed the Atomium

John Duncan Watson – British sewage treatment engineer

David Mowat Watson – British civil engineer

Francis Wentworth-Shields – British civil engineer

William Henry White – British engineer and chief constructor of the Admiralty

William Willcocks – British irrigation engineer served in India and Egypt

Edward Leader Williams – canals, bridges

George Ambler Wilson – British port engineer

Norman D. Wilson – mass transit

John Wolfe-Barry

A. Baldwin Wood – pumps

Edward Woods – British railway engineer

William Barton Worthington – British railway engineer

Robert Wynne-Edwards – British tunnel and pipeline engineer

Andrew Yarranton – English navigation engineer


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War?Steam train? Love? Famous Scene? Pictures?

you know the classic scene of a pair of lovers on a platform waving to each other as the train pulls away. good old black and white kind of war thing? does anybody have any links to images of this?

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Famous People to Come from Newcastle

From world-renowned musicians to Soviet spies, Newcastle has been home to numerous figures of international renown. One of the most famous of these is international singing sensation Sting.

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, or Sting as he is more commonly known, was born in Wallsend in Newcastle upon Tyne. Prior to his solo career he played the role of lead singer, bassist and songwriter for popular band, The Police. Combining the two careers, Sting has sold more than 100million records, making him one of the most successful people to come from Newcastle.

Sting is also famous for his political activism having sung alongside Bob Geldof in the Feed the World project as well as Do They Know It’s Christmas? More recently, Sting composed the album Songs for Tibet in an effort to support Tibet and the current Dalai Lama.

Although he may not share the same celebrity appeal as Sting, George Stephenson is another of the many celebrities to come from Newcastle. Born in Wylam about nine miles outside Newcastle, Stephenson is famously known as The Father of Railways.

Born to a poor family, Stephenson did not receive a formal education and because of this he was often looked down upon by his peers. In spite of this, Stephenson continued his own studies, designing his first locomotive in 1814 and then in 1825 opening the world’s first public steam locomotive railway.

One of the more unusual characters to come from Newcastle is Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher or Rudolf Abel as he called himself. Born in 1903, Abel is a highly regarded Soviet spy who was eventually captured by the FBI as a result of his intelligence work in the United States.

Abel began his work as a spy after entering the OGPU – the Soviet Government as it was then known – in 1927. In 1947 he entered the United States as a spy. Abel’s main role was to supervise the work of other spies and report the information back to headquarters. In 1957, Abel was arrested and sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment.

Another notable person to be born in Newcastle and find prestige outside of the UK is Abhisit Vejjajiva, the current prime minister of Thailand. Having been the leader of the Democrat Patry since 2005, Vejjajiva was elected as the 27th prime minister of Thailand at the end of 2008.

During his role in politics, Vejjajiva has faced much criticism, particularly his attempts to control new media. Under Vejjajiva’s leadership, the Democrat Party made it a criminal offence to create any websites that spoke ill of the Thai Monarchy.

Although currently based in Thailand, Abhisit Vejjajiva continues to hold strong ties with Newcastle and is a lifelong fan of the city’s football team.

Newcastle has produced many figures of recognition, giving it a unique fame that attracts thousands of visitors every year. This combined with a huge number of flights to Newcastle and unique attractions throughout the city make it a high priority when exploring the cities of the United Kingdom.

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Why are there no famous Canadian Philosophers?

Or…intellectuals for that matter.

Canada has half the population of the UK; yet 1/91 of the dynamic capability or intellectial steam. Is there something in the Canadian water?

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Famous people who love model railways

Toy model trains are very popular with millions of people across the world, and this also includes many famous people. There are people from all walks of life that love to collect and play with model trains. It doesnâ??t matter what your age, you can still find great enjoyment from train sets.


The reasons that they love model railways are numerous. One of the obvious reasons is that it gives them a sense of escapism and of enjoying something they canâ??t find in real life. Many people love to create models of all kinds, and see model trains and railways as the ultimate things to create.


The other great thing about model trains is that you can watch them going round the track. There is a lot of movement and interaction that is not usually there with other models. For example, model cars and planes are usually static. They are also not usually based on an accurate scale as model trains are.


Model trains are not toys. They are scaled down versions of the real thing. They operate as the real trains operate which is a great draw to many hobbyists. You are also able to control every aspect of the railway track and the scenery around it. It is like creating your own train world in your spare room.


The other great advantage of being involved in model trains is that you can build them in a number of different scales. You can have the smallest scale train in the smallest space in your house, or you can have a huge model train running in your garden. The possibilities are endless once you engage with the hobby.


The addictive nature of the hobby is one reason that famous people love model railways. Once you buy your first track and train, you will get hooked. You will see what it takes to design a great track and how you can improve on it. Often this is enough to keep you engaged in the hobby for years.


Many people also like the historical element of the hobby. For instance, you cannot find steam trains running any longer, so many people like to collect and run model steam engines and locomotives. This lets them experience the steam trains again and relive that part of history.


Besides all the things mentioned above, there is a huge sense of achievement that comes from building, planning and designing model railways. It takes a lot of thought and skill to be able to create a scaled down version of a working railway track. This involves many different aspects from laying track to repairing trains. All of these things make model railways very popular.


The model railway hobby is open to anyone. You can find an inexpensive pre-built kit at most model stores around the country. You can set up a simple layout and then grow from there. In a few years, you may have built a huge rail network and have numerous locomotives operating.


As you can see, there are so many things that keep people involved in the hobby and will do for years to come.

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