OPENING OF THE STOCKTON AND DARLINGTON LINE.
DescriptionIdentifier: ourironroads00will Title: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookidourironroads00will">Our iron roads: their history, construction and administration Year: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookyear1883">1883 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookdecade1880">1880s) Authors: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookauthorWilliams__Frederick_Smeeton__1829_1886">Williams, Frederick Smeeton, 1829-1886 Subjects: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/booksubjectRailroads____History">Railroads -- History https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/booksubjectRailroads____Great_Britain">Railroads -- Great Britain Publisher: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookpublisherLondon___Bemrose___sons">London : Bemrose & sons Contributing Library: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookcontributorUniversity_of_California_Libraries">University of California Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/booksponsorMSN">MSN View Book Page: https://archive.org/stream/ourironroads00will/ourironroads00will#page/n30/mode/1up" rel="noreferrer nofollow">Book Viewer About This Book: https://archive.org/details/ourironroads00will" rel="noreferrer nofollow">Catalog Entry View All Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages/tags/bookidourironroads00will">All Images From Book Click here to https://archive.org/stream/ourironroads00will/ourironroads00will#page/n30/mode/1up" rel="noreferrer nofollow">view book online to see this illustration in context in a browseable online version of this book. Text Appearing Before Image: sleep a wink, and soonafter midnight were astir. The universal cheers, the happy facesof many, the vacant stare of astonishment of others, and thealarm depicted on the countenances of some, gave variety to thepicture. At the appointed hour the procession went forward.The train moved off at the rate of from ten to twelve miles an STOCKTON AND DARLINGTON LINE. I I hour, with a weight of eighty tons, with one engine— No. I —driven by George Stephenson himself; after it six wagons,loaded with coals and flour ; then a covered coach, containingdirectors and proprietors ; next twenty-one coal wagons, fittedup for passengers, with which they were crammed ; and lastly,six more wagons loaded with coals. Off started the procession, with the horseman at its head.A great concourse of people stood along the line. Many ofthem tried to accompany it by running, and some gentlemenon horseback galloped across the fields to keep up with theengine. The railway descending with a gentle incline towards Text Appearing After Image: OPENING OF THE STOCKTON AND DARLINGTON LINE. Darlington, the rate of speed was consequently variable. Ata favourable part of the road, Stephenson determined to try thespeed of the engine, and he called upon the horseman with theflag to get out of the way, and Stephenson put on the speedto twelve miles, and then to fifteen miles an hour, and therunners on foot, the gentlemen on horseback, and the horsemanwith the flag, were soon left far behind. When the trainreached Darlington, it was fornd that four hundred and fiftypassengers occupied the wagons, and that the load of men, coals,and merchandise amounted to about ninety tons. On that memorable day a dark shadow fell on the home 12 OUR [RON ROADS. of Edward Pease. At the very moment when the old Quakerwas counting upon enjoying to the full a triumph which wouldrecompense him for countless days of labour and nights ofanxiety, the Angel of Death entered his dwelling, and the daywhich had promised to be one of triumphant joy, was, in them Note About Images Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.
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