During 1845-6, ex-sailor, Joseph Taylor, struck upon the idea of using sails as a means of propulsion for railway carriages.
However, when the climatic conditions allowed, he was seen to dispose of the horse and affix a mast and lug sail to the carriage and glide gracefully into
South Stockton at a brisk eight
knots an hour.
[adapted from an article which appeared in The Monthly Chronicle of North-Country Lore & Legend of August 1891]
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