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Rare Notebook Containing George Stephenson’s 1822 Plans for The ‘World’s First Railway’ Is Uncovered Among 20,000 Documents in National Rail’s Archive

Posted by Jean-Yves on Oct 9, 2018

A rare notebook detailing plans for the world’s first ever railway has been described as a ‘thrilling’ discovery.

The leather-bound 12 inch by 12 inch notebook was discovered by historians in Network Rail’s national archive.

Penned by ‘Father of the Railways’ George Stephenson, the book was written in in 1822 and includes costings and remarks about a survey into the proposed Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was built three years later.

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