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Burning Daylight
Music: Ignaz Moscheles
George Stephenson argued that his steam engines were solar-powered.

ONE Sunday, when the party had just returned from church, they were standing together on the terrace near the Hall, and observed in the distance a railway-train flashing along, tossing behind its long white plume of steam. “Now, Buckland,” said Stephenson, “Can you tell me what is the power that is driving that train?”

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Your. You’re.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Engineer. Age. Field.

Use together in one sentence: Human. Field. Return.

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A Monument to Liberty
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Samuel Smiles explains why the London and Birmingham Railway was an achievement superior to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

THE Great Pyramid of Egypt was, according to Diodorus Siculus, constructed by 300,000 — according to Herodotus, by 100,000 — men. It required for its execution twenty years, and the labour expended upon it has been estimated as equivalent to lifting 15,733,000,000 of cubic feet of stone one foot high.

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Distinguish using sentences: Expand. Expend.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Result. Estimate. Lift.

Use together in one sentence: Stone. Common. Perform.

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The Rainhill Trials
Music: Cipriani Potter
To prove that steam power was the future of railways, George Stephenson held a truly historic competition.

IN 1829 George Stephenson, appointed to build England’s first purpose-built passenger line, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, wanted to prove to doubters that steam locomotives could handle the traffic better than cable-hauled or horse-drawn carriages.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Who. Which. That.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Hold. Speed. Design.

Use together in one sentence: Rocket. Perseverance. Treadmill.

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The London and Birmingham Railway
Music: Alice Mary Smith
The textile moguls of Manchester and Liverpool engaged the Stephensons to complete their link to the capital.

THE London and Birmingham Railway opened on September 17th, 1838, connecting Euston to Curzon Street via Rugby and Coventry in five and a half hours. At Curzon Street, passengers could change to the Grand Junction Railway for Manchester and Liverpool, whose cotton-merchants and mill-owners had paid for the link to the capital.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Pretty. Quite. Rather.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pay. Change. Link.

Use together in one sentence: Stagecoach. Incline. As.

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The Hetton Railway
Music: George Frederick Pinto
The railway earned a special place in history as the first to be designed for steam locomotives only.

HETTON Colliery opened on November 18, 1822, complete with an eight-mile waggonway to the port of Sunderland at the mouth of the River Wear. Designed by local man George Stephenson, it was the first railway to be operated by steam power alone.

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Distinguish using sentences: Since. Ago.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Design. Engineer. Wear.

Use together in one sentence: First. Colliery. Wear.

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The Stockton and Darlington Railway
Music: John Field
George Stephenson and his son Robert created the world’s first passenger railway.

THE Stockton and Darlington Railway is celebrated as the first public railway for fare-paying passengers, and over 30,000 travelled the line in twelve months from July 1826. But their single, horse-drawn carriages on rails (fare one-and-six) were not the line’s real business.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Publicity. Public.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Draw. Seat. Travel.

Use together in one sentence: Coalfield. Business. Opening.

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