The Story of Rapid Transit

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D. Appleton, 1903 - Local transit - 204 pages

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Page 30 - The manner of the carriage is by laying rails of timber from the colliery down to the river, exactly straight and parallel ; and bulky carts are made with four rowlets fitting these rails ; whereby the carriage is so easy that one horse will draw down four or five chaldron of coals, and is an immense benefit to the coal merchants.
Page 103 - ... 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 length of the wire makes no difference in the effect, a correspondence might be carried on at any distance...
Page 14 - They will here meet with ruts, which I actually measured, four feet deep, and floating with mud, only from a wet summer — what, therefore, must it be after a winter?
Page 25 - Oxford, at eight o'clock at night, and arrived in Shrewsbury between ten and eleven the following night, being twenty-seven hours to one hundred and sixty-two miles.
Page 155 - At both which Places they may be received in a Stage Coach Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, which performs the whole journey in four days (if God permits), And Sets forth at Five in the morning.
Page 14 - England for foreign parts to settle a running post or two, to run night and day between Edinburgh and London, to go thither and come back again in six days...
Page 140 - The Queen is convinced that the President will join with her in fervently hoping that the electric cable which now connects Great Britain with the United States will prove an additional link between the nations whose friendship is founded upon their common interest and reciprocal esteem. The Queen has much pleasure in thus communicating with the President and renewing to him her wishes for the prosperity of the United States.
Page 75 - When the rich man travels, or if he lies in bed all day, his capital remains undiminished, and perhaps his income flows in all the same. But when a poor man travels, he has not only to pay his fare but to sink his capital, for his time is his capital ; and if he now consumes only five hours instead of ten in making a journey, he has saved five hours of time for useful labour — useful to himself, to his family, and to society.
Page 26 - The vital experience of the glad animal sensibilities made doubts impossible on the question of our speed; we heard our speed, we saw it, we felt it as a thrilling; and this speed was not the product of blind insensate agencies, that had no sympathy to give, but was incarnated in the fiery eyeballs of the noblest amongst brutes, in his dilated nostril, spasmodic muscles, and thunder-beating hoofs.
Page 14 - ... purpose to travel this terrible country to avoid it as they would the devil...

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