William Hedley, the Inventor of Railway Locomotion on the Present Principle

William Hedley, the Inventor of Railway Locomotion on the Present Principle

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...the steam-blast, on account of the intermediate chamber, in the words already quoted on page 12. See also note, page 13. Page 29. "The real power of the 'Sanspareil' is to be estimated by its rate of evaporation, which was one-third greater than that of the 'Rocket, ' and thus, the 'Sanspareil, ' after allowing for its greater weight, was the most powerful engine brought forward at the trial. "It is a common, but erroneous, opinion that the adoption of locomotive power upon passenger railways, and the consequent great results to which railways have attained, since 1829, are due to the success of the 'Rocket.' The history of the Rainhill contest does not, however, warrant this conclusion, and it is not, indeed, improbable that the progress and success of the modern railway system would have been nearly the same had the 'Rocket' never existed." Page 30. "No particulars can now be obtained as to the coal burned and water evaporated in Hedley's engines; but an examination of the results attained by other engines, having boilers of like construction, justifies the presumption that the Wylam locomotives worked with greater economy of fuel than any others made prior to the 'Royal George, ' in 1827."f The following letter appeared in the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, March 7th, 1874: --To the Editor of the Weekly Chronicle. Sir, Mr. William Hedley, father of Messrs. Hedley Brothers, who own collieries at Craghead and Shield Row, was unmistakably the inventor of the locomotive engine. I was in the service of that See note, page 4. t The whole of these extracts from Colburn hear out our remarks on pages 15 and 16. gentleman for many years, and I know as much about the "father of the iron horse," and the horse itself, as...show more

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  • 9781236750969