A True Folly

Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History

Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History
The four-cylinder 4-2-2-0 James Toleman, designed by the English civil engineer F.C.Winby, was built for him as a private venture by Hawthorn Leslie of Newcastle, works number 2226. His idea was that after display at the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition, it would run the home-grown American product off the rails. In fact, it was a total failure, to the extent it could scarcely move itself. The two sets of drivers were uncoupled, each driven by two cylinders, and there was never enough steam to turn more than one pair of wheels at a time, while Winby's patent 'duplo-cylindrical' boiler bulged alarmingly at the seams. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad granted facilities and loaned a tender, but it need not have bothered, and the unfortunate machine went subsequently to the engineering department at Purdue University, where it remained until scrapped about 1912, no doubt held up to students as an object lesson in how not to design a steam railway locomotive. Looks pretty, though.
Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History  Robin Barnes, Railway Art and History
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