Model of a steam locomotive with two wheels and a smoke stack.
According to the Misses Allen: In 1829, Andrew J. Allen, grandfather of the donors, conceived the idea that there must be some way for transportation other than by horse power. He had William T. James of New York build the model of the first locomotive to show the public what could be done. The model was one of several steam engines exhibited in Faneuil Hall for the Exhibition of Manufacturers and Works of Art beginning on September 18, 1837. It ran on a circular track pulling one car that visitors could ride on for 25 cents per person.
James, William T. (Inventor)
"William T. James, New York, Patent 1829"
- Object type
- Rail Transportation -- Equipment
- Descriptive terms
steam engines (engines)
- 36 x 17 (HxW) (inches)
- Accession Number
- Credit Line
- Gift of the Misses Nellie and Carrie Allen