Sunday, February 3, 2008

Narrow gauge contractor's locomotive

I like searching Google Books, as I've said before. This delightful engraving of a narrow gauge 0-4-0 saddle tank steam locomotive comes from Appleby's Illustrated Handbook of Machinery, an illustrated handbook from Jessop & Appleby Bros., published in 1903. It looks about 2 ft gauge to me.

It's interesting how it appears to have, instead of firebox "legs", merely a wider section of boiler barrel at the firebox end. Perhaps a marine type boiler like a Bagnall? Or perhaps it's just a mis-interpretation by the illustrator. Anyone know?

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