A Few Facts Concerning Elementary Locomotion

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E. Wilson, 1834 - Locomotives - 131 pages
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Page 15 - These inquiries have led the Committee to believe that the substitution of inanimate for animal power, in draught on common roads, is one of the most important improvements in the means of internal communication ever introduced. Its practicability they consider to have been fully established ; its general adoption will take place more or less rapidly, in proportion as the attention of scientific men shall be drawn by public encouragement to further improvement.
Page 15 - Tolls to an amount which would utterly prohibit the introduction of steam-carriages, have been imposed on some roads; on others, the trustees have adopted modes of apportioning the charge which would be found, if not absolutely prohibitory, at least to place such carriages in a very unfair position as compared with ordinary coaches.
Page 26 - Sufficient evidence has been adduced to convince your committee — 1. That carriages can be propelled by steam on common roads at an average rate of ten miles per hour. 2. That at this rate they have conveyed upwards of fourteen passengers.
Page 151 - COMPANION VOLUME TO LAMB'S TALES. "TALES from CHAUCER, in PROSE. With a Memorial •*• of the Poet. Designed chiefly for the Use of Young Persons. By CHARLES COWDEN CLARKE, Author of ' The Riches of Chaucer,' ' Shakespeare Characters,
Page 13 - Carriages should never be employed in conveying agricultural produce to market at a cheaper rate, still the benefit to the country would be very great, inasmuch as we should have a vastly increased industrious population, and England would become much more extensively, than she is at present, the great workshop of the world. In point of fact, superseding horses by mechanical power, would have precisely the same effect in increasing the population and wealth of England, as would be produced were we...
Page 25 - ... fair proportion with other carriages, to the maintenance of the roads on which they may be used. " They have annexed a list of those local Acts in which tolls have been placed on steam, or mechanically-propelled carriages.
Page 147 - No fewer than seven different Languages, exclusive of English, are here put in requisition, to illustrate our Conjugators, but most particularly SHALL and WILL, with their derivatives, SHOULD and WOULD, which have hitherto proved such stumbling blocks to the Foreigner. It is presumed that this work will much encourage strangers to learn our language, as its chief difficulties are now explained in that clear and familiar manner, for which the author is so distinguished.
Page 9 - Parliament now in force ; and who were instructed to inquire generally into the present state and future prospects of land carriage by means of wheeled vehicles propelled by Steam or Gas on common roads ; and to report upon the probable utility which the public may derive therefrom...
Page 133 - Law, llepresentation, and Corporate Bodies : with an Address to Alarmists and Reformers; and a Precis of the House of Commons, past, present, and to come. Besides correction, this Edition has been greatly enlarged, especially the articles on the...
Page 26 - That at this rate they have conveyed upwards of fourteen passengers. 3. That their weight, including engine, fuel, water, and attendants, may be under three tons. 4. That they can ascend and descend hills of considerable inclination with facility and safety, 5. That they are perfectly safe for passengers.

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