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18 May 2012

Find the Robert Stephenson statue

In Victorian times father and son engineering teams seemed fashionable, and though many have heard about great train man George Stephenson, creator of the world's first public steam railway, it is his celebrated son Robert Stephenson who is commemorated by a statue outside Euston Station.

Stephenson junior was a renowned civil engineer and locomotive designer, working on the designs of the Rocket and bridges including the Conwy railway bridge and Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straits in North Wales and the Royal Border Bridge across the Tweed in Berwick-upon-Tweed.

It is presumably as Chief Engineer for the London and Birmingham Railway - the first main line to enter London - that Stephenson is commemorated at Euston, however, being one of many posts he held, including MP for Whitby.

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stephenson

^Picture © ell brown used under Creative Commons^


  1. It was Robert Stephenson, not George, who designed the Rocket!

    In your second and third paragraphs, you have misspelt the surname; there was also an unrelated Scottish railway engineer called Robert Stevenson, who was related to the writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

  2. Thanks Steve. I can only apologise. This was a rather rushed late night job.

  3. Hi Tom,

    I found this the other day!

    Don't limit yourself to looking at the statue. Go in the station and get curious about strangers.

    Euston's a fascinating spot for people watching.