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England, George (1811/12–1878), engineer and locomotive builder, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. He was probably the George England baptized on 28 July 1811 in Newcastle, son of George England and Mary Whinney. Both were presumably English. George England trained at John Penn's...


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Hedley, William (1779–1843), designer and maker of steam locomotives, was born at Newburn, near Newcastle upon Tyne, on 13 July 1779, the second son in a family of eight children, of William Hedley, a grocer. He was educated at a school at Wylam...


Lorimer, Sir William (1844–1922), locomotive engineer and industrialist, was born on 4 November 1844 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, son of William Lorimer, house factor, and Margaret Whigham. Little is known about his family origins and early life in Sanquhar. He attended the local parish school and at the age of fifteen joined the ...