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[Note 153.5] "Hopper and Stephenson did say":- Hopper is unidentified. (The north east of England is an area in which the surname Hopper is concentrated). Stephenson is almost certainly George Stephenson (1781-1848). Roy Lambeth, Chairman Durham Mining Museum says that George Stephenson designed and engineered the Hetton Colliery Railway in 1819 and initially provided three new steam locomotives to work there in 1822.

 

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