Our Iron Roads: Their History, Construction and Administration
'Our Iron Roads' gives a detailed account of the early history of the railways in Britain and explains at length the construction of embankments, cuttings, tunnels and viaducts.
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Page 20 - 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.
Page 194 - There is a glorious city in the sea; The sea is in the broad, the narrow streets, Ebbing and flowing; and the salt seaweed Clings to the marble of her palaces. No track of men, no footsteps to and fro, Lead to her gates! The path lies o'er the sea, Invisible: and from the land we went, As to a floating city — steering in, And gliding up her streets, as in a dream...
Page 502 - ... in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost previously required ; passengers who would require 70,000 coaches to hold them, and 700,000 horses to draw them.
Page 20 - 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.
Page 4 - The manner of the carriage is by laying rails of timber, from the colliery, down to the river, exactly straight 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.
Page 28 - 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.
Page 29 - But I put up with every rebuff, and went on with my plans, determined not to be put down. Assistance gradually increased — improvements were made every day— and to-day a train, which started from London in the morning, has brought me in the afternoon to my native soil, and enabled me to take my place in this room, and see around me many faces which I have great pleasure in looking upon.
Page 56 - Say, mounts he the ocean-wave, banish'd, forlorn, Like a limb from his country cast bleeding and torn ? Ah, no! for a darker departure is near ; The war-drum is muffled, and black is the bier ; His death-bell is tolling : oh ! mercy, dispel Yon sight, that it freezes my spirit to tell!
Page 58 - Court rushed women, boys, and men, All seeking railway shares and scrip ; and when The market rose, how many a lad could tell, With joyous glance, and eyes that spake again, 'T was e'en more lucrative than marrying well ; — When, hark ! that warning voice strikes like a rising knell.