Locomotives and Locomotive Building: Being a Brief Sketch of the Growth of the Railroad System and of the Various Improvements in Locomotive Building in America, Together with a History of the Origin and Growth of the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works, Paterson, New Jersey, from 1831 to 1886 ... (Google eBook)

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Gottsberger, 1886 - Locomotives - 200 pages
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Page 92 - The figures for the last five years are given in the following table, from which it will be seen that there has been a considerable expansion in the output during the period covered : Building Materials 1899 to 1903 Material.
Page 4 - I consider this among the most important acts of my life, second only to my signing the Declaration of Independence, if even it be second to that.
Page 8 - Dollars for the most approved engine which shall be delivered for trial upon the road on or before the 1st of June, 1831 and that they will also pay Three Thousand Five Hundred Dollars for the engine which shall be adjudged the next best and be delivered as aforesaid, subject to the following conditions, to wit: "1.
Page 94 - On dry rails it was found that the coefficient of adhesion of the wheels was generally over .20. In some cases it rose to .25 or even higher. On wet or greasy rails, without sand, it fell as low as .15 in one experiment, but averaged about .18.
Page 3 - ... mania. Massachusetts led off in 1826 ; Pennsylvania followed in 1827, and in 1828 Maryland and South Carolina. Of the great trunk lines of the country, a portion of the New York Central was chartered in 1825 ; the construction of the Baltimore & Ohio was begun on July 4th, 1828. The country, therefore, was not only ripe to accept the results of the Rainhill contest, but it was anticipating them with eager hope.
Page 8 - Philadelphia, entered into the competition during the summer of 1831. The only one of them, named the " York," which proved equal to the moderate performance required of them, was the one built by Messrs. Davis & Gartner, two machinists of York, Pa. The engine had a vertical boiler and vertical cylinder; with four coupled wheels 30 inches in diameter. It was altered considerably after being placed on the road. The Atlantic was afterwards built by the same firm, and was the first of what were afterwards...
Page 8 - Atlantic was afterwards built by the same firm, and was the first of what were afterwards known as the grasshopper engines, (Fig. 8,) which were used for many years on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Fig. 9. In August 1831, the locomotive, John Bull, (Fig. 9.) built by George & Robert Stephenson & Co., of Newcastle upon Tyne, was received in Philadelphia for the Camden & Amboy Railroad & Transportation Company. This is the old engine which was exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia...
Page 12 - B- l2- bonnet kind, and had a deflecting cone in its centre. The edges of the cone were curled over so as to deflect the sparks downward, and thus prevent their passing through the wire bonnet, as well as preventing the bonnets from wearing out too fast.
Page 4 - Every one who has ever looked into a school history of the United States knows something of the Quincy railway of 1826. Properly speaking, however, this was never or at least, never until the year 1871, a railroad at all. It was nothing but a specimen of what had been almost from time immemorial in common use in England, under the name of
Page 12 - This kind of driving wheel has since come into g- 13- almost universal use in this country. Another important improvement adopted by Mr. Rogers in the construction of this engine, was the counterbalancing the weight of the crank, connecting rods and piston. For this he filed a specification in the Patent Office, dated July 12, 1837. It is described as follows in the specification : "The nature of my improvement consists in providing the section...

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