An historical and practical treatise upon elemental locomotion, by means of steam carriages on common roads: showing ... the rise, progress, and description of steam carriages; the roads upon which they may be made to travel ... (Google eBook)

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Printed for B. Steuart, and W. Blackwood, Edinburgh, 1832 - Transportation - 192 pages
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Page 26 - It can engrave a seal, and crush masses of obdurate metal like wax before it — draw out, without breaking, a thread as fine as gossamer, and lift a ship of war like a bauble in the air. It can embroider muslin, and forge anchors, cut steel into ribands, and impel loaded vessels against the fury of the winds and waves.
Page 5 - There is a principle in human society, by which population is perpetually kept down to the level of the means of subsistence.
Page 172 - Public. 7. That they will become a speedier and cheaper mode of conveyance than Carriages drawn by horses. 8 That, as they admit of greater breadth of tire than other Carriages, and as the roads are not acted on so injuriously as by the feet of horses in common draught, such Carriages will cause less wear of roads than coaches drawn by horses. 9, That rates of Toll have been imposed on Steam Carriages, which would prohibit their being used on several lines of road, were such charges permitted to...
Page 13 - But when we take further into consideration, that lowering the expense of carriage would enable us to extend cultivation over soils which cannot now be profitably tilled, and would have the further effect of enabling us to apply, with a profit, additional portions of labour and capital to the soils already under tillage, I think it not unfair to conclude, that were elementary power on the common roads completely to supersede draught horses, the population, wealth, and power of Great Britain would...
Page 22 - It is difficult to control four such horses as can draw a heavy carriage ten miles per hour, in case they are frightened, or choose to run away ; and for quick travelling they must be kept in that state of courage, that they are always inclined for running away, particularly down hills, and at sharp turns of the road.
Page 164 - ... road, and thus raise a perpetual resistance to their own progress, it actually becomes an advantage to adopt that form, which is least injurious to the road. The proprietors who have been examined on this point, seem to be quite indifferent as to the breadth of tire they may be required to use. " These considerations have convinced the Committee, that the tolls enforced on...
Page 62 - Supposing you were going at your ordinary rate of eight miles an honr, could you stop immediately, or would the carriage run for any distance?"— " In case of emergency we might instantly throw the steam on the reverse side of the piston, and stop within a few yards. The stop of the carriage is singular; it would be supposed that the momentum would carry it far forward, but it is not so; the steam brings it up gradually and safely, though rather suddenly.
Page 37 - I verily believe, that the time will come, when carriages, propelled by steam, will be in general use, as well for the transportation of passengers, as goods ; travelling at the rate of fifteen miles an hour, or 300 miles per day...
Page 159 - ... portion of the boilers. As an engine invented by Mr. Trevithick has not been as yet applied to carriages, the Committee can do no more than draw the attention of the House to the ingenuity of its contrivance. Should it in practice be found to answer his expectation, it will remove entirely all danger from explosion.
Page 155 - It appears from the evidence, that the first extensive trial of steam as an agent in draught on common roads, was that by Mr. Gurney, in 1829, who travelled from London to Bath and back in his steam carriage. He states, that although a part of the machinery which brings both the propelling wheels into action when the full power of the engine is required, was broken at the onset, yet that, on his return, he performed the last...

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