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D.r Church's London and Birmingham Steam Coach,
D.r Church's London and Birmingham Steam Coach, Built at Birmingham, 1833.
John Cooke, Delin. Eng.d by Josiah Allen birm.m.
Published by Josiah Allen, Birmingham, & by Mess.rs Ackermann, Tilt & Fullers, London.
Fine & scarce steel engraving. Sheet 210 x 295mm (8¼ x 11½"). Trimmed within plate, affecting publication line.
A three-wheeled steam coach carrying passengers down a country road. There is no sign of a flue. Dr. William Church (c.1778-1863), an American inventor, patented two steam carriages, the first in 1832, which wasn't built, and a second in 1835, after which he founded the London and Birmingham Steam Carriage Company. Whether the London to Birmingham run was ever completed is uncertain, but soon Church turned his attention to designing locomotives.
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