The Royal George was an important milestone in the development of locomotive power for railways. The first locomotives produced by Robert Stephenson & Co for the Stockton & Darlington Railway from 1825 were unreliable. Their track record was so bad that embryonic railways started to consider going back to horsepower. The Royal George was designed by Timothy Hackworth in 1827 and addressed many of these issues and became sufficiently successful to restore confidence in the railway and the locomotive as the source of power.
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