Timothy Hackworth And The Locomotive
Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive was originally published in 1925. The book is basically a biography but has served as a history textbook for many years. Once you began reading this book you will quickly realize it was written with much love towards Timothy Hackworth. This should come as no surprise considering the grandson of Mr. Hackwork is the author. The son of Timothy, John, struggled to write the biography of his father, so the next generation Robert Young of the family did the work.
Who Is This Book For
During the Victorian age, there were many amazing engineers. Even still Timothy managed to stand out. Young and old who are interested in the remarkable engineering advances of the 18th century will enjoy this biography. It's an outstanding addition to the history of steam locomotives. Starting in 1769 with Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot until Hackworth's passing in 1850.
History You Will Learn
The author Robert Young represents Timothy's life and legacy from many angles. Including his letters, locomotives, inventions of all kinds, and essays on the celebrities during his time. Robert is also careful to include how his family had treated their employees. He goes into much detail on his family's devotion to their employee's happiness, education, and overall welfare. Robert for instance details how some of their middle-aged employees had become proficient in reading and writing while working for the company.
Within the books 14 appendices there are numerous illustrations. Such as maps, photos, cash records, driver lists, engine lists, portraits, drawings, and letters. Almost 100 years after the S&DR release, this book was published. An enormous amount of data was compiled by the writer to support the history it presents. The proliferation of cross-references makes this clear. Perhaps more than one for every page in the book was summed.
Timothy Hackworth's Legacy
"Had he said nothing, he would have passed off as a highly respectable man, but by speaking out he has only exposed his own ignorance".The author is clearly taking aim at the reports of his grandfather's opponents.
Robert Young's love and admiration for his late grandfather is impossible to miss as you consume the 406 pages of this book. He describes him in the most Victorian way possible. Going into great detail about how he was kind, unselfish, loving, peaceful, honest, caring especially for the poor. All of this is to say his grandfather was a great man who had nothing to be ashamed of and neither did he.
Review Of Notable Inventions
The following list does not include every invention by, Mr. Hackworth but aims to include the crucial innovations he made over his lifetime for the Locomotive industry.
It was for Stockton and Darlington Railways where he became an engineer in 1825. He contributed with Stephenson to the development of Locomotion. This was a moderately successful engine which he decided to take on as a side venture. The Sans Pareil, which participated in the 1829 Rainhill trials, would shortly replace the Locomotion. A cracked cylinder would cause Timothy's locomotive to fail during the same trails. But his engine would be used in the Leigh Railways and Bolton afterward and can still be seen in the Timothy Hackworth Museum at work.
1829 Plate Girder Bridge
1830 Boiler Designs
1836 First Russian Locomotive
1837 Oldest Engine in Canada