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The Life of George Stephenson and of his Son Robert Stephenson

Comprising Also a History of the Invention and Introduction of the Railway Locomotive

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Author: Samuel Smiles
Published: 1868
Language: English
Wordcount: 182,982 / 551 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.7
Downloads: 336
Added to site: 2014.07.09
mnybks.net#: 31628
Genre: History
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o thirds of the whole number carried. Thus George Stephenson's prediction "that the time would come when it would be cheaper for a working man to make a journey by railway than to walk on foot" is already realized.

The degree of safety with which this great traffic has been conducted is not the least remarkable of its features. Of course, so long as railways are worked by men, they will be liable to the imperfections belonging to all things human. Though their machinery may be perfect, and their organization as complete as skill and forethought can make it, workmen will at times be forgetful and listless, and a moment's carelessness may lead to the most disastrous results. Yet, taking all circumstances into account, the wonder is that traveling by railway at high speeds should have been rendered comparatively so safe.

To be struck by lightning is one of the rarest of all causes of death, yet more persons were killed by lightning in Great Britain, in 1866, than were killed on railways from causes

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