Birmingham Dribbler

Birmingham Dribbler

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. A Birmingham Dribbler or carpet railway describes the very first model railways. It is a bit of a misnomer, as the railway featured a model live steam railway locomotive, but no track - the locomotive was simply run across the floor. They first appeared in the 1840s and became very popular Victorian model railway toys. The steam locomotives were very simple, usually made in brass, with a simple oscillating cylinder driving the main wheels. They were basically a boiler mounted on wheels, although simple decoration was sometimes applied. Track was not used - the boiler was filled with water, the burner lit, and when steam was being produced, the locomotive was placed on the floor and allowed to run until either the water ran out or the engine crashed into the furniture. Very quickly, after a number had exploded, simple safety valves were fitted.
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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 163g
  • Lect Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135695215
  • 9786135695212