Punch,  9 (1845), 12.

Engineering Evidence



Exam paper, Spoof


Engineering, Language, Expertise

    Presents an example of how railway engineers should respond to questions from parliamentary committees. Responses are deliberately technical and designed to bamboozle the committee. For example, replying to a question about the sufficiency of a gradient, the engineer asserts that he would 'undertake to show in five minutes that a patent axle, working on a broad gauge and going consecutively in rotation after a double stuffing-box' would be sufficient.

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