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The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair at the Turn of a Wheel

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The Last Journey of William Huskisson: How a Day of Triumph Became a Day of Despair at the Turn of a Wheel

by Simon Garfield

About this title: The Liverpool and Manchester Railway was the greatest engineering feat of its age. George and Robert Stevenson's "Rocket" was to become the most famous locomotive in history. William Huskisson was one of the greatest statesmen of his generation and certainly the most accident prone. On 15th September 1830, the three met for the first time. Huskisson's fateful accident, in which the "Rocket" crushed his leg and thigh, is an unforgettable image of the Industrial Revolution. But what really happened on that day? How did the ... read more

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