Fred Dibnah hosted several TV shows on the subject of Victorian engineering and had great enthusiasm for all things Victorian. These 12 industrial engineers of the period were his heroes 'whose prolific innovations and dedicated work ethic inspired a national mood of optimism and captured the hearts of the British public'. They include George and Robert Stephenson, Joseph Locke, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, James Nasmyth, William Armstrong, Joseph Whitworth, William Arrol and Charles Parsons.
0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Fred Dibnah was, by his own admission, a man born out of his time. His era should have been the 19th century - the heroic age of British engineering . It s the age he admires; the time he would have liked to have lived and worked. His heroes were the great 18th and 19th century engineers - Trevithick, Brunel, George and Robert Stephenson, Sir William Armstrong. His house was full of the ornamentation, the ironwork and the bric a brac of the period. In the workshop in his back garden, he used many of the engineering techniques that were used by his Victorian forebears over a hundred years ago - all driven by the force that powered the Age - steam. With the coming of the Industrial Revolution a new breed of men began to appear. Their confidence and dynamism were unfounded; their energy immense. Innovation was what they lived by and they felt they were in possession of the materials and techniques for building a new world. Men of Iron tells the stories of some of these men. They were Fred s heroes; the men who inspired him and we ll find out what it was about the