Grantham's Steam Car for Tramways

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Watson & Hazell, 1874 - 15 pages
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In 1873 civil engineer John Grantham, an expert in both tramway planning and steam engines, decided to challenge the notions of the British government that had banned the use of steam engines on traditional horse-drawn tramway lines some years earlier. Grantham, along with a few other steam engine engineering experts, designed one of the earliest examples of a motorized steam tram wagon and demonstrated its near-flawless performance in public. A year later, Grantham lays out his arguments in this pamphlet for the government to drop their objection and embrace, rather than fear, this new technology. In his arguments he lays out how the cost of the machines will be much better than the cost of hundreds of animals and the people who have to care for them, as well as boldly predicting that motorized tramways would be the link between moving passengers and goods within crowded cities and the railways that moved them between the cities.  

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