Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,165 pages of information and 245,632 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Engineers and Mechanics Encyclopedia 1839: Railways: Samuel Brown

From Graces Guide

In 1828, Samuel Brown applied his gas-vacuum engine to the propulsion of a carriage, which we are informed was effectively worked along the public roads; and that it even ascended the very steep acclivity of Shooter's Hill in Kent, to the astonishment of numerous spectators. The expense of working this machine is, however, said far to exceed that of steam; and consequently this circumstance will form a barrier to its introduction, until its ingenious inventor shall succeed in removing it by devising a more economical mode of operating.

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