The life of George Stephenson, railway engineer
John Murray, 1858 - Всего страниц: 575
This biography discusses the life of George Stephenson. He improved on the earlier steam-powered locomotive designs by using flanged-wheel adhesion on his locomotive, the Bl?cher. He also built the Locomotion, the train of choice on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. That railway was the first public steam railway in the world and had considerable influence on the wide-spread use of trains. His train Rocket won the Rainhill Trials, a competition for locomotions of the time. He continued to make larger, better-running trains throughout his life.
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Стр. 517 - We should as soon expect the people of Woolwich to suffer themselves to be fired off upon one of Congreve's ricochet rockets, as trust themselves to the mercy of such a machine going at such a rate.
Стр. 59 - The manner of the carriage is by laying rails of timber, from the colliery, down to the river, exactly streight and parallel ; and bulky carts are made with four rowlets fitting these rails ; whereby the carriage is so easy that one horse will draw down four or five chaldron of coals, and is an immense benefit to the coal merchants.
Стр. 405 - It was not an easy task for me to keep the engine down to ten miles an hour, but it must be done, and I did my best.
Стр. 404 - I said to my friends that there was no limit to the speed of such an engine, provided the works could be made to stand.
Стр. 210 - It is possible that roads paved with iron may hereafter be employed for the purpose of expeditious travelling, since there is scarcely any resistance to be overcome, except that of the air; and such roads will allow the velocity to be increased almost without limit.
Стр. 161 - It was set forth in the preamble that these different lines " will be of great public utility, by facilitating the conveyance of coal, iron, lime, corn, and other commodities, from the interior of the county of Durham...
Стр. 258 - The engine, with water, must not weigh more than six tons ; but an engine of less weight would be preferred on its drawing a proportionate load behind it ; if of only four and a half tons, then it might be put on only four wheels.
Стр. 516 - It is certainly some consolation to those who are to be whirled at the rate of eighteen or twenty miles an hour, by means of a high pressure engine, to be told that they are in no danger of being seasick while on shore ; that they are not to be scalded to death nor drowned by the bursting of the boiler; and that they need not mind being shot by the scattered fragments, or dashed...
Стр. 211 - It is far from my wish to promulgate to the world that the ridiculous expectations, or rather professions, of the enthusiastic speculist will be realised, and that we shall see engines travelling at the rate of twelve, sixteen, eighteen, or twenty miles an hour. Nothing could do more harm towards their general adoption and improvement than the promulgation of such nonsense.
Стр. 112 - Air, when rendered impure by the combustion of a candle, but in which the candle will still burn, will not explode the gas from the mines ; and when a lamp or candle is made to burn in a close vessel having apertures only above and below, an explosive mixture of gas admitted merely enlarges the light, and then gradually extinguishes it without explosion. Again, — the gas mixed in any proportion with common air, I have discovered, will not explode in a small tube, the diameter of which is less than...