Having been brought up in an age of heavy engineering, and the steam locomotive, I feel, a great affinity to George and Robert. Now engineering is so specialized that there is little opportunity to "think outside the box", which is exactly what these two men did! George was definitely an intuitive engineer, with very little formal education, whereas Robert's education was more along classical lines in which he was taught to think, rather than remember formulea which seems to be the function of most higher learning today. George had the vision, Robert took the vision and made it work. This book tells how it was, and inspite of all opposition, great advances were made in the fields of railway and civil engineering not to mention the development of the locomotive as a means of motive power. They made a tremendous contribution to the engineering profession. This book describes their trials and tribulations, their successes and failures,and is a MUST for anyone contemplating a career in mechanical;, structural or civil engineeering. I am a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, - George's picture is still on the front of Certificate!
Thank you Tom Rolt for putting it all together is a very readable, and informative book.