Still one of the essential guides. --Rail Express, December 2009
Rolt's style and narrative is entirely readable and anyone with a general interest in the subject should find the book absorbing. --Engineering Designer, May/June 2010
About the Author
L T C Rolt trained as an engineer, but his fame rests on his classic biographies of Brunel, Telford, Trevithick and the Stephensons, his superb volumes of autobiography (Landcape with Machines, Landscape with Canals, Landscape with Figures), his volumes of transport history, and on his account of a journey along the waterways of England, Narrow Boat. He founded the Inland Waterways Association and was instrumental in encouraging the interest in Britain's industrial heritage at Tal-y-llyn and elsewhere. He died in 1975. His widow Sonia Rolt continues to promote his work.