A History of the English Railway: Its Social Relations and Revelations. 1820-1845, Volume 2

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Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1851 - Railroads

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Page 274 - In electricity he has made a remarkable discovery : you write two or three words on a paper ; he takes it with him into a room, and turns a machine inclosed in a cylindrical case, at the top of which is an electrometer, a small fine pith ball; a wire connects with a similar cylinder and electrometer in a distant apartment ; and his wife, by remarking the corresponding motions of the ball, writes down the words they indicate : from which it appears that he has formed an alphabet of motions. As the...
Page 121 - ... at any time after the expiration of the said term of twenty-one years, to purchase any such railway, with all its hereditaments, stock, and appurtenances, in the name and on behalf of her Majesty, upon giving to the said company three calendar months' notice in writing of their intention, and upon payment of a sum equal to twenty-five years...
Page 93 - I do hereby declare, that my constituents have no local interest, and that I have no personal interest, in such bill ; and that I will never vote on any question which may arise without having duly heard and attended to the evidence relating thereto.
Page 123 - Luggage by other Trains: Children under Three Years of Age accompanying Passengers by such Train shall be taken without any Charge, and Children of Three Years and upwards, but under Twelve Years of Age, at Half the Charge for an Adult Passenger...
Page 217 - Counties, and another, one hundred and seventy- eight miles ; over the Newcastle and Darlington, and the Great North of England, one hundred and eleven miles ; while over the Sheffield and Rotherham, the York and Scarborough, the North British, Whitby and Pickering, it affected nearly six hundred more, making a total of 1,016 miles, all of which were successful in developing traffic, and equally successful in paying good dividends.
Page 122 - Such Train shall start at an Hour to be from Time to Time fixed by the Directors, subject to the Approval of the Lords of the Committee of Privy Council for Trade and Plantations...
Page 252 - Brobdingnagian dimensions. On reaching the door, and finding it closed, the countenances of all drooped ; but one of them, more valorous than the rest, and prompted by the bystanders, gave a loud pull at the bell. It was answered by Inspector Otway, who informed the ringer it was now too late, and that his plans could not be received. The agents did not wait for the conclusion of the unpleasant communication, but took advantage of the...
Page 122 - Acts, shall, by means of One Train at the least to travel along their Railway from one End to the other of each Trunk, Branch, or Junction Line belonging to or leased by them, so long as they shall continue to carry other Passengers over such Trunk, Branch, or Junction Line, once at the least each Way on every Week Day.
Page 281 - ... to move. These magnetic needles are acted upon by Electrical currents passing through coils of wire placed immediately behind them. Each of the coils forms a portion of a communicating wire, which may extend to any distance whatever ; these wires at their termination are connected with an apparatus which may Ite called a communicator because by means of it, the signals are communicated.
Page 274 - Why has no serious trial yet been made of the qualifications of so diligent a courier? And if he should be proved competent to the task, why should not our kings hold councils at Brighton with their ministers in London ? Why should not our government govern at Portsmouth almost as promptly as in Downing Street?

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