Audiobook: George and Robert Stephenson
George and Robert Stephenson
1 - Introduction Part 1
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- Download Chapter 1 Newcastle and the Great Northern Coal Field audio
- Download Chapter 2 George Stephenson's Early Years audio
- Download Chapter 3 Engineman at Willington Quay audio
- Download Chapter 4 The Stephensons at Killingworth audio
- Download Chapter 5 Early History of the Locomotive audio
- Download Chapter 6 Invention of the 'Geordy' Safety Lamp audio
- Download Chapter 7 George Stephenson's further Improvement of the Locomotive audio
- Download Chapter 8 George Stephenson, Engineer of the Stockton and Darlington Railway audio
- Download Chapter 9 The Liverpool and Manchester Railway Projected audio
- Download Chapter 10 Chat Moss. Construction of the Railway audio
- Download Chapter 11 Robert Stephenson in Colombia, The 'Rocket' audio
- Download Chapter 12 Opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway audio
- Download Chapter 13 Robert Stephenson Constructs the London and Birmingham Railway audio
- Download Chapter 14 Manchester and Leeds and Midland Railways audio
- Download Chapter 15 George Stephenson's Coal Mines audio
- Download Chapter 16 Robert Stephenson's Career audio
- Download Chapter 17 Robert Stephenson's Tubular Bridges at Menai and Conway audio
- Download Chapter 18 George Stephenson's Closing Years - Illness and Death audio
- Download Chapter 19 Robert Stephenson's Illness and Death. Stephenson Characteristics audio
George Stephenson did not invent the steam engine, that was due to Newcomen and later to James Watt. He did not invent the steam locomotive, that was due to a number of people including Cugnot, Trevithick and others. He did not invent the Railway. Railways or tramways had been in use for two hundred years before Stephenson.
The reason why Stephenson was known as ‘The father of the steam locomotive’ was that he took a primitive, unreliable and wholly uneconomic device and turning it into an efficient machine not very different to those which ran until fifty or so years ago, married it with the iron rail and alone, and against considerable opposition,began, via the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and then the London and Birmingham Railway, the development of steam railways in England and the world.
George Stephenson began life in 1781 in the worst and poorest of all circumstances, he did not learn to read until he was twenty years old, but he, together with his son Robert, became the foremost engineers in the railway world.
If, in the middle years of the nineteenth century you wanted to build a railway, then, if you wanted it big bold and imaginative you might go to Mr. Brunel. If you wanted it to pay however, you would go to the Sephensons. (Summary by AJM)
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