Robin Barnes - Railway Art and History
Around the turn of the 19th-20th centuries, the portable circular fairground railway (about 40
ft, or 12.19 m diameter), normally largely contained within a 'tunnel', enjoyed a brief
Britain. Champion, pictured here, ran on track of 2 ft 4 in (711
mm) gauge, and so tight was the curvature that its axles were
arranged radially, as shown below. The diagram on the next page shows
the left side of the locomotive, which largely hidden from public
gaze, carried all the 'works' and lacked the gorgeous decoration
of the right, seen in the painting above. Little is known of
Champion, but probably it dated from about 1895 and may have
been by the Leeds locomotive builder T. Green.
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The railway art may not be reproduced in any way without written permission from the artist.