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1869 edition. Excerpt: ...(which were sometimes loaded double), in
a manner highly gratifying to the public, who attended in crowds to
witness, for the first time in this city and state, the effect of
steam in railroad transportation. It may be proper to observe, that
the efficiency of this miniature engine, and its satisfactory
performance, were mainly due to the discharge of the exhaust, or
waste steam, into the stack, or chimney; a principle of vital
importance in all engines, rendering a blowing apparatus
unnecessary, and supplying the fuel with air requisite for
combustion, without the sacrifice of power for that object; a
principle then new, or little known in this connection. To whom the
invention (if it can be so called) is due, who at this time can
tell? The fuel used in the small fire-space of the boiler of this
model was pine-knot coal, although anthracite was partially
successful in its application, the difficulty in the use of any
fuel, being the diminutive space above alluded to. It may be
permitted also, in this connection, to observe that the first
published observations upon the foaming of water in boilers, were
made in the use of this model. They may be found in one of the
newspapers of the day. The attention of machinists was drawn to the
subject of locomotion with considerable energy about this time. It
was one of the great movements of the epoch; it demanded and
received the attention the necessities of commerce and general
intercourse required. Mr. Baldwin, as it may be naturally inferred,
shared in the general excitement, and was therefore prepared to
undertake the task, when an order came in 1832 from the
Philadelphia and Germantown Railroad Company for the construction
of a locomotive for that Company's road. The only examples, or
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