A report on the efficacy of railways run on the atmospheric system of propulsion. The report contains the result of numerous experiments conducted on the Dublin and Kingstown Railway.
This document was published on 15th February 1842 by Her Majesty's Government.
The original document format was Bound Volume, and comprised 19 pages.
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"It is therefore, as above observed, no longer a question whether trains of carriages may be worked by means of atmospheric pressure; the points now to be decided are-
1st. Whether this principle admits of its being advantageously applied to greater distances than half a mile, which is the length of the present experimental line.
2ndly. The probable expense of constructing a railway on this principle, and of supplying the locomotive power.
3rdly. The relative economy in working such a line, as compared with a railway worked by locomotive engines.
4thly. The degree of safety which the atmospheric system affords, as compared with other locomotive means."
15th February 1842
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