In 1804 the first steam train set out on a nine mile journey. Within 50 years, there were 6,000 miles of railway across the country. Discover who was behind this revolution and how it transformed Victorian England. Sapphire/Band 16 books offer longer reads to develop children's sustained engagement with texts and are more complex syntactically. Text type: an information book. Curriculum links: history, geography Ideas for reading at the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.