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George Stephenson

English civil engineer and mechanical engineer

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George Stephenson was an English civil engineer and mechanical engineer. Renowned as the "Father of Railways", Stephenson was considered by the Victorians a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement. Self-help advocate Samuel Smiles particularly praised his achievements. His chosen rail gauge, sometimes called 'Stephenson gauge', was the basis for the 4Β feet 8Β 1⁄2Β inches (1,435Β mm) standard gauge used by most of the world's railways.

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