The railways were the most revolutionary invation of Victorian times. They carried Britain into the modern age with dramatic speed, transforming the pace and style of everyday life. We owe them to two men who, father and son, can lay claim to be the most important engineers of their time, George and Robert Stephenson. In this excellent biography L.T.C. Rolt author of Victorian Engineering and Thomas Telford, assesses their lives and their work. 'Mr Rolt is a master of correct termilogy and can even turn it to literary advantage where, under ather hand, it would cumber context as jargon. This gift, coupled with his own practical kwledge of mechanical and civil engineering, has enabled the author to produce yet ather contribution to English history, which would have been quite beyond the power of the academic historian' Edward Vale in the Observer
L.T.C. Rolt was born at Chester in 1910. From childhood he was fascinated by the history of engineers and engineering, and his writing reflected his interest. His first book, Narrow Boat, published in 1944, describes a journey along the English canals during the twelve years that he lived afloat. His subsequent biographies of famous engineers, like his writings on railways and motor cars, show his concern to give the story of the Industrial Revolution as an imaginative and literary shape.