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John Stephenson (1794-1848), railway contractor
Railway engineer, not known to be related to George Stephenson
1830s John Stephenson was one of the engineers of the Sheffield and Rotherham Railway. He introduced scientific methods into earthwork construction and the excavation of deep cuttings.
c.1843 John Stephenson, of the firm of John Stephenson and Co (with whom were associated William Mackenzie and Thomas Brassey), offered James Falshaw the charge of the construction of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, the contract for which, as a single line, had been taken by the firm.
Mackenzie and Brassey, in conjunction with John Stephenson, constructed the whole of the lines from Lancaster to Edinburgh and Glasgow, under Mr. Locke and John Edward Errington, with their numerous tributary branches and extensions, the Scottish Central to Perth, and the Scottish Midland to Forfar.