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47,815.  By this time the first steam powered locos designed to run on metal tracks appeared on the scene.  And the pioneer as with so many things associated with steam was the great Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,816.  Stephenson wasn’t the inventor of the locomotive, but he played a leading part in turning it into a practical means of hauling coal and transporting passengers over long distances.  It was the beginning of the railways as we know them.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,817.  Originally there were nine of these winding-engine houses, and this is the only one left.  And it actually still works.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,818.  As the railway network spread across the country it was the locomotive that won the day.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,819.  The development of the railways wasn’t straightforward, especially when the great engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was involved.  While Britain’s network had developed with a four-foot-eight-and-a half-inch gauge, Brunel’s Great Western Railway was built with a completely different seven-foot-and-a-quarter-inch gauge ... They did away with Mr Brunel’s extra line on the outside.  A shame really.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,820.  In spite of losing the battle of the gauges, Great Western Railway went from strength to strength.  And in 1902 they appointed George Jackson Churchward as their locative superintendent, and he produced a range of designs that were far ahead of their time and very successful.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

   

47,821.  Between 1804 and 1971 Britain built an incredible one hundred and ten thousand steam locomotives.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

 

48,065.  Mallard was one of the many A-4 class steam locomotives built by [Nigel] Gresley for the London and North East Railway.  (Steam & Engine & Train & Railway & Industrial Revolution & England & Great Britain)  Fred Dibnah’s Age of Steam: Steam and the Modern Age e6, BBC 2003

 

48,066.  There are more than fifty steam railways around the country all run by enthusiasts.  (Steam & Engine & Railway & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

111,990.  In the great days of steam railways there were like two routes up England - one up the West Coast and one up the East Coast.  In 1893 the Great Central built one up the middle.  (Steam & Engine & Railways) Fred Dibnah’s Made in Britain s1e12: A Lifetime’s Achivement, BBC 2005

 

 

47,833.  Robert Stephenson and his company of course didn’t just build locomotives, they built the lines and the bridges and all the engineering works.  (Railway & Train & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Fred Dibnahs World of Steam, Steel and Stone: Men of Steel e4, BBC 2006

 

 

47,822.  They’re magnificent on a moon-lit night.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Fred Dibnah’s Railway Collection: The Great Days of Steam e5, BBC 2008

 

47,823.  I always wanted to be an engine driver.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,824.  I wish I’d have lived then. (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,825.  And this is probably the most famous locomotive from that time - built at Doncaster – The Flying Scotsman.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,826.  1926 – Mallard left Grantham heading towards Peterborough ... A hundred and twenty six miles per hour.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid. 

 

47,827.  The skills of building a mainline locomotive have almost died.  But here in Darlington they are keeping the skills alive.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

47,828.  It makes you wonder if they’d carried on with the development of the steam locomotive what could have happened.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

 

 

47,829.  The speeds increased and train loads grew heavier.  Locomotives grew in size and in the 1920s the Great Western Railway locomotives were amongst the most advanced.  By the 1930s famous streamlined locomotives like Mallard were being built.  (Railway & Steam & Trains & Industrial Revolution & England & Great Britain)  Fred Dibnah’s Railway Collection: Railway Preservation e6

 

47,830.  In 1955 the first Diesel locomotive – Deltic – was built, and singled the end of the line for the steam locomotive.  (Railway & Steam & Trains & Industrial Revolution & England & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

47,831.  All these lovely old engines started to rust away in scrapyards.  (Railway & Steam & Trains & Industrial Revolution & England & Great Britain)  ibid.

 

47,832.  The Railway Preservation Movement was born.  (Railway & Steam & Trains & Industrial Revolution & England & Great Britain)  ibid. 

 

 

47,835.  They laid rails but they treated the route as if it was a canal.  Long flat sections interspersed with short steep inclines sometimes up to one in seven.  The new railway reinforced Cromford’s importance as an industrial centre.  Cheap cotton could now be sent to the weaving mills of Lancashire.  These original Cromford & High Peak Company rails are cast-iron and one point two metres in length.  They are all straight.  (Railway & Cotton & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Mark Williams, Industrial Revelations: Pants for Everyone e2

 

 

47,836.  This locomotive was built in 1957 and was the pinnacle of steam engineering.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Engineering)  Mark Williams, On the Rails: Cornish Steam Giant e1

 

47,837.  Richard Trevithick ... He was a natural talent.  A natural engineer.  A problem solver.  But even so no-one at the time imagined this was the man who would build the first high-pressure steam-engine, the first car, and the world’s first railway locomotive.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Car & Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  ibid.

   

47,838.  It’s called the Puffing Devil ... The steam goes up the chimney.  Chuff, chuff, chuff.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,839.  The destruction of his first locomotive didn’t seem to worry Trevithick.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,840.  His most ambitious project yet – a machine to run on rails.  Britain’s first railway locomotive was about to be born.  This locomotive was built over the winter of 1802.  And its steam trials were kept highly secret.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,841.  Trevithick’s engine was a technological breakthrough.  It was now clear the future of the high-pressure steam-engine was not on the common road but on the railroad.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,842.  The brittle cast-iron tram-tracks at the time smashed under the weight of the Loco.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,843.  In 1829 Rocket won the Liverpool & Manchester Railways competition to find the best steam locomotive.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

 

47,844.  The Founding Father of the Railways – but that title rightfully belongs to the Cornish genius Richard Trevithick.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid. 

 

 

47,845.  At the beginning of the nineteenth century steam-engines were on the move.  But they were unreliable, dangerous and smashed the rails they ran on.  Steam was out of control.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  Mark Williams, On the Rails: Rocketmen e2

 

47,846.  George Stephenson is remembered as the Father of the Railways.  After all, his son Robert designed Rocket, the most famous steam locomotive ever built.  (Railways & Trains & Steam & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England & Engineering)  ibid.

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