Patrick Stirling (railway engineer)

Patrick Stirling (29 June 1820 – 11 November 1895) was a Scottish railway engineer, and Locomotive Superintendent of the Great Northern Railway of England. His father Robert Stirling was also an engineer. His brother James Stirling was also a locomotive engineer. His son Matthew Stirling was CME of the Hull and Barnsley Railway. Another son, Patrick Stirling played for Doncaster Rovers and was mayor of Doncaster.[1]

Patrick Stirling
Born29 June 1820
Kilmarnock, Scotland
Died11 November 1895(1895-11-11) (aged 75)
Doncaster, England
Resting placeHyde Park Cemetery, Doncaster
ChildrenMatthew Stirling
ParentRobert Stirling
Engineering career
DisciplineLocomotive engineer
Employer(s)Great Northern Railway
Significant designStirling single
GNR Stirling 4-2-2 no. 1 at Doncaster Works open day on 27 July 2003


Patrick Stirling was Locomotive Superintendent of the Glasgow and South Western Railway from 1853 to 1866. He came in 1866 to the GNR, where he constructed several locomotive types. He was succeeded by Henry Ivatt.

Stirling singleEdit

Stirling's most famous construction was the 4-2-2 steam locomotive Stirling single called "eight-footer" because of the 8 ft 1 in diameter driving wheel. That engine type set speed records during the race to the north with average train speed between engine changing of more than 60 mph in 1895.


  1. ^ "Brief History". doncasterroversfc. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2013.

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Preceded by
First loco engineer
Locomotive Superintendent of the Glasgow and South Western Railway
Succeeded by
Preceded by Locomotive Superintendent of
Great Northern Railway

1866 – 1895
Succeeded by