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The Rainhill Trials: The Birth of Commercial Rail

by Christopher McGowan

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It's an interesting book and it does cover the "birth of commercial rail" as well as the Rainhill Trials.

I have to say, though, that I found it rather unfocused, as if the author was just trying to find a hook on which to hang as much random information as possible about the earliest days of steam railways. Interesting information, but it could have been better packaged.

He gives one of the clearest concise explanations I have yet seen of the difference between an atmospheric engine and a true steam engine and notes that many of the early beam engines which are usually described as "steam engines" are in fact atmospheric engines. ( )
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In 1829, a crowd of spectators gathered to witness the most remarkable event of the Industrial Age. The Trials were a fiercely competitive tournament between several locomotives, and the prize for the winner was the contract for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.… (more)

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