Benjamin Disraeli becomes Prime Minister
Britain and France against Russia
British Government sponsors the Atmospheric Railway
Isambard Kingdom Brunel demonstrates his sealed tube "atmospheric railway" with carriages partially levitated using Faraday's Principle and pneumatic power pushing them along at speeds of over 88 miles an hour.
The German military command embraced the new technologies with a will. They may not have had total nullification of gravity, but they had Faraday's partial nullification, and they made it count.
This page links to the various sections for the History of British Weaponry by service and decade
The British love affair with steam power was not something to be easily lost, but it turned out to be a blessing when it came to space.