I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

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I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby Lancastrian » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:38 pm

These photographs taken over a couple of years are of 'The Whiston Incline' that was a big problem during the Rainhnill Trials of October 1829 to all competitors with the exception of 'Robert Stephenson and Company' who built the Rocket.

The first wasn't taken by me, I may be old but not that old.

The final one was taken on Wednesday morning 11.02.2015
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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby flying scotsman123 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:46 pm

I think they'd marvel at the progress made, and possibly be astounded that the original bridge and formation was still there!
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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby Lancastrian » Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:05 pm

Ropers Bridge is the bridge that you are looking it was built by George Stephenson and is A Grade II Listed Building. Not far up the line is Rainhill Skew Bridge also built by George and also a listed building.
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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby Chops » Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:02 am

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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby Lysander » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:09 am

Interesting comparison. Photos from the same location during the 20s, 30s and 40s would accompany it well.

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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby luckymucklebackit » Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:15 am

I once saw an article that stated that George Stephenson would have been totally a home with a BR standard Steam Locomotive built in the 1950s, but would be totally baffled by anything built today. That said I am sure that Stephenson would have been aware of the research being carried out by his fellow Royal Society member Michael Faraday, who had demonstrated the principles of the basic electric motor.

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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby End2end » Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:08 pm

Sometimes I stand in awe at some of the things built so long ago yet stand the test of time and are still in use today.
It really does show the ingenuity and pioneering nature of the human spirit.
How can you not be inspired by Brunel's amazing bridge over 100 years old and in CONSTANT use. :D
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Re: I wonder what George & Robert would think now?

Postby Bigmet » Thu Jul 09, 2020 3:44 pm

luckymucklebackit wrote:I once saw an article that stated that George Stephenson would have been totally at home with a BR standard Steam Locomotive built in the 1950s, but would be totally baffled by anything built today. That said I am sure that Stephenson would have been aware of the research being carried out by his fellow Royal Society member Michael Faraday, who had demonstrated the principles of the basic electric motor...

'Baffled' says it all, a profoundly technically ignorant journalist's assessment. The Stephensons and their like would have been profoundly curious and after ten minutes questioning a current engineer in the field would be ahead of the writer in having an outline understanding of the principles, and be all fired up to learn more! (Whenever I hear someone on University Challenge introduce themselves as "<insert name here> and I am reading English", my first thought is 'Really? I mastered that at nursery school'.)


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