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Thomas Brassey

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Thomas Brassey (7 November 1805 - 8 December 1870) was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building a large portion of the world's railways in the 19th century. By the time of his death he had been responsible for building about one-third of the railways in Britain, three-quarters of those in France, and major lines in many countries throughout Europe, and in Canada, Australia, South America and India, together with their associated docks, bridges and viaducts, stations, tunnels and drainage works. In addition he had played a role in the development of steamships, mines, locomotive factories, marine telegraphy and water supply and sewage systems.