The Roots of Progress

The Life of George Stephenson and of His Son Robert Stephenson

Samuel Smiles

George Stephenson is considered the father of the locomotive, and this is a detailed history of the origins of the railroads in Britain. Many interesting technical details—for instance, one of Stephenson’s innovations was the “steam blast”, in which the steam exhaust is directed into the chimney of the engine to increase the draft and thus stoke a hotter fire.

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