The story of the life of George Stephenson, railway engineer. Abridged

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Page 158 - We trust that Parliament will, in all railways it may sanction, limit the speed to eight or nine miles an hour, which we entirely agree with Mr. Sylvester is as great as can be ventured on with safety.
Page 128 - Stephenson's urgent request Mr. Pease had a clause inserted, taking power to work the railway by means of locomotive engines, and to employ them for the haulage of passengers as well as of merchandise ; and Mr.
Page 122 - 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...
Page 164 - Taking it at four miles an hour, do you mean to say that it would not require a stronger railway to carry the same weight twelve miles an hour?" "I will give an answer to that. I dare say every person has been over ice when skating, or seen persons go over, and they know that it would bear them better at a greater velocity than it would if they went slower; when they go quick, the weight in a measure ceases." "Is not that upon the hypothesis that the railroad is perfect?" "It is; and I mean to make...
Page 158 - 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 169 - I say he never had a plan. — I believe he never had one — I do not believe he is capable of making one. His is a mind perpetually fluctuating between opposite difficulties : he neither knows whether he is to make bridges over roads or rivers, of one size or...
Page 156 - 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 161 - 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. I had to place myself in that most unpleasant of all positions — the witness-box of a parliamentary committee.
Page 63 - What have us got to pay here ? " asked Vivian. The poor toll-man, trembling in every limb, his teeth chattering in his head, essayed a reply — " Na-na-na-na- " — " What have us got to pay, I say ? " " No-noth-nothing to pay ! My de-dear Mr. Devil, do drive on as fast as you can ! nothing to pay...
Page 42 - I was in education, and made up my mind that he should not labour under the same defect, but that I would put him to a good school. and give him a liberal training. I was, however, a poor man ; and how do you think I managed ? I betook myself to mending my neighbours...

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