In 1823 George Stephenson along with his son Robert, Edward Pease and Michael Longridge (the owner of The Bedlington Iron and Engine Works), opened the world's first purpose built locomotive works on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. It was founded as part of their construction of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. Robert, at the age of 19, was the Managing Partner.
The famous locomotives "Locomotion" and "Rocket" were built here and the works subsequently exported locomotives to developing railways all over the world - often the first to be seen in those countries.
Part of these historic works has been rescued from near dereliction and is now open to the public.
- George Stephenson
- Stephenson's Works - a gem from Newcastle's industrial heritage
- Wikipedia - Robert Stephenson and Company
- Stephenson Works - What has been saved
- The Robert Stephenson Trust
- The Journal - Threat hangs over Stephenson works
- Rainhill Trials
- Rocket - Stephenson's Steam Locomotive (1829)
- Stephenson's Locomotion No 1 at Darlington Railway Museum
- English History - Victorian Railways
- Victorian Railways page
- Timothy Hackworth Victorian & Railway Museum
- Robert Stephenson Trust pulls out of its premises