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47,899.  The magnificent steam locomotives of the Great Western Railway: a combination of elegance and raw power.  They still evoke a spirit of adventure.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  Great Railway Adventures with Dan Cruickshank: Brilliant Brunel, National Geographic 2010

 

47,900.  Brunel was obsessed about every detail, building wonderful stations to suit his great enterprise.  Nothing deters him.  The Great Western Railway was just part of his steam-driven revolution.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,901.  The construction of the Great Western Railway between Bristol and London was inspired by Brunel’s vision to bring speed and comfort to the experience of travel.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,902.  It was the coming of the railway that led to Britain adopting a standard time across the country.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,903.  Brunel would eventually lose the battle of the gauges.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

52,998.  When the Great Eastern was launched its paddles were driven by the biggest marine steam-engine of its day.  (Ship & Engineering & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,999.  After a journey of just fifteen days and five hours his Great Western steamship made a triumphant entry into New York Harbor.  (Ship & Engineering & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

53,000.  Brunel had produced two of the finest ocean steamers in the world, but the city of Bristol failed to take advantage of his genius.  (Ship & Engineering & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

48,028.  I sell here what the whole world desires – power.  (Steam & Power & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Sell)  Matthew Boulton

 

 

48,029.  I have been branded with folly and madness for attempting what the world calls impossibilities.  Even the great engineer Mr James Watt said that I deserve hanging for bringing into use the high-pressure engine.  (Steam & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Richard Trevithick

 

 

48,030.  The parties adjourned to the hotel.  And comforted their hearts with a roast goose and proper drinks.  (Steam & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Richard Trevithick

 

 

53,568.  Richard Trevithick: to get round Watt’s patent Trevithick began to build his own engines.  This was his greatest achievement: the Puffing Devil.  All eight horse-power of it.  And unlike Boulton & Watt’s engine it moved.  Trevithick’s genius was he built high-pressure steam-engines.  (Steam & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Michael Mosley, The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion, BBC 2010

 

 

52,962.  Britain’s greatest engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and East London’s shipbuilders created vessels that were bigger, faster and tougher than ever before.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Brunel’s Last Launch: A Time Team Special, Channel 4 2011

 

52,963.  A hundred and fifty years ago Brunel created a ship five times bigger than anything that had gone before.  The most revolutionary vessel the world had ever seen: the SS Great Eastern.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,964.  Launching such a big vessel proved to be a disaster.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,965.  The only option was a relatively untested sideways launch.  Nothing on this scale had ever been attempted before.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,966.  Having already built two smaller transatlantic steamships The Great Britain and The Great Western Brunel believed it could be done.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,967.  East London shipbuilding had grown into a vast industry.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,968.  So well-built was the Great Eastern that it apparently took two years to dismantle.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,969.  Three million rivets.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,970.  He [Brunel] was constantly pushing the boundaries of what was possible.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

52,971.  Human error and muddy conditions had caused one slip to be steeper than the other.  The ship’s weight was evenly distributed and it stuck fast.  (Ship & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

47,930.  From this day in 1830 nothing would be the same again.  This is where the modern world begins.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways, BBC 2013

 

47,931.  One billion passengers still travel these lines each year.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,932.  By the early 1800s British was at the centre of a world-wide trading web.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,933.  The people fell in love with them.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,934.  The Stockton & Darlington became world famous.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,936.  The Railways came along and changed everything.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.    

 

 

47,937.  In the late 1830s a great swathe of Victorian London was ripped apart.  The railway had arrived in the capital.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Locomotion: Dan Snow’s History of Railways II

 

47,938.  Hills was being mined and blasted, valleys were being bridged.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,939.  Trains could already hit fifty miles an hour.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,940.  The working classes got their first taste of the railway … cheap excursions were being offered.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,941.  As the investors vowed never to gamble on the railways again, the whole banking system teetered on the edge.  The government had to step in.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,942.  Britain begins to export the railways to the rest of the world.  (Railways & Trains & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

127,080.  The Duke of Wellington was the most famous Briton of the first half of the nineteenth century.  His victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 altered the course of history.  Steely eyed, lantern jawed, for later generations he came to embody the essence of Britishness.  But the real man was not made of iron.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  Wellington: The Iron Duke Unmasked, BBC 2019

 

127,081.  General, politician, lover, wit, outsider, the hero of Waterloo was far more complex than the public image.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

127,082.  Arthur Wellesley’s victories in India had established his reputation.  They had also made his fortune.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

127,083.  Arthur’s Irish aristocratic background would shape his political outlook throughout his life.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

127,084.  If Ireland tried his patience, so did his wife.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

127,085.  The two armies met at Waterloo just outside Brussels on June 18th 1815.  For 8 hours of savage hand to hand fighting, the fate of Europe hung in the balance.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

127,086.  Wellington would never fight another battle.  (Soldier & Great Britain & Celebrity & Battle)  ibid.

 

 

50,127.  – An inventive Age

Has wrought, if not with speed of magic, yet

To most strange issues.  I have lived to mark

A new and unforeseen creation rise

From out the labours of a peaceful Land

Wielding her potent enginery to frame

And to produce, with rests not night or day,

Industrious to destroy!  (Manufacturing & Factory & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  William Wordsworth, The Manufacturing Spirit 

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