The Early Pioneers of Steam: The Inspiration Behind George Stephenson by Stuart Hylton
We think of the Stephensons and Brunels as the fathers of the railways, and their Liverpool and Manchester and Great Western Railway as the prototypes of the modern systems. But who were the railways’ grandfathers and great-grandfathers? The rapid evolution of the railways after 1830 depended on the juggernaut of steam locomotion being able to draw upon centuries of experience in using and developing railways. and of harnessing the power of steam.