L.T.C. Rolt trained as an engineer. He is the author of biographies of Brunel, Telford, Trevithick, and the Stephensons, and his autobiographies, Landscape with Canals, Landscape with Figures, and Landscape with Machines. He also wrote several volumes of transport history, and Red for Danger, an account of railway disasters of Britain. He is the founder of the Inland Waterways Association.