'Steam Carriage for Common Roads', 1833.
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Print showing a passenger steam carriage designed by John Squire and Francis Macerone. The text beneath the illustration claims advantages of transport by steam carriage over horse-drawn alternatives in terms of operating costs, speed and reliability. Steam powered coaches operated between various English towns between 1820 and 1840. 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 business however.