Perkins steam carriage, 1870.
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Photograph showing Perkins' steam carriage. Steam powered coaches operated between various English towns between 1820 and 1840, as well as providing pasenger services within towns. The increased popularity of the rapidly expanding railway network, as well as opposition from operators of horse-drawn coaches, who physically blocked roads and persuaded the government to impose crippling tolls, was largely responsible for driving the steam coach operators out of busines however.