Before Rocket

The Steam Locomotive up to 1829

Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson describes the steam engines built and run before the famous Rocket.
Date Published :
April 2020
Publisher :
Mortons Books
Illustration :
80 drawings and photos, 15 color illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781911658252
Pages : 90
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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Overview
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Rocket is perhaps one of the best-known railway locomotives in history. Entered by George and Robert Stephenson and Henry Booth for the Rainhill Trials of October 1829, Rocket was the outright victor and paved the way for the dominance of the steam railway as the major means of communication for the next hundred years or more. But Rocket was not ‘the first’ locomotive – that honour goes to the work of Cornishman Richard Trevithick, while the Middleton Railway saw the first commercial use of steam locomotives in 1812. This book sets out to chart the development of the steam locomotive from its birth with Richard Trevithick up to the momentous year of 1829, showing just how far the locomotive had come in a quarter of century, to go on to be the world-changing invention it became.

About The Author
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Anthony Dawson is an archaeologist and historian who has made a special study of the history of the British army in the nineteenth century. He spent two years as a post-graduate research student at the University of Leeds where he gained an MRes. As well as writing articles on the subject in magazines and journals, he has published Napoleonic Artillery, French Infantry of the Crimean War and Letters from the Light Brigade: The British Cavalry in the Crimean War.