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Early Steam Cars Featured at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

1907 White Model G In total contrast to the twenty-two Ferrari Testarosta’s exhibited at Pebble Beach and the Ferrari Best of Show win there this year, there was a special class just for early steam cars. The well-known Stanley and White steam cars were both on display along with a couple of steamers rarely seen today…

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Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick and a Pair of White Steam Cars

While a number of White Steam Cars are converged at Pebble Beach on the West Coast for the Concours, today we have a pair of photos of the Steamer’s that Peter Christian Wick drove for his employers here on the East Coast. He first worked for Richard P. Hart from March of 1903 to September…

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The Doble Model A & B Prototypes

Abner Doble at the wheel of his Model “B” roadster The Doble brothers’ dedication to the use of steam power in automobiles bordered on the fanatical. Long after others had abandoned the concept, their continued devotion to the type would eventually result in some of the most remarkable steamers ever produced. Our article today deals…

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Full Steam Ahead – Leon Serpollet

The 1902 “Oeuf de Pâques” (Easter Egg) Land Speed Record Holder Leon Serpollet and his brother Henri, early French steam car pioneers, worked together to perfect the flash tube boiler that introduced an efficient and new way produce steam. The exact date that their innovative system was first built appears to be unknown, but after further development it…

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The Pipe Bus Revisited – Jean-Jacques Heilmann’s Compound Spring Patents

A Heilmann patent drawing for his Compound Spring Suspension. Jean-Jacques Heilmann, whose patent drawings appear above and in two thumbnails below, was a French engineer and inventor who is perhaps best known for his steam – electric railway locomotives. He built a prototype in 1894 and two larger locomotives in 1897. Heilmann experimented with both DC…

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All Steamed Up on a Sunday

We usually like to bring you something a little different for weekend entertainment and today we have plenty of water on the boil for your morning coffee or tea. The Erie Type “A” in our first video is one of the smallest shovels of the type that ruled to roost from the late 19th century…

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Next Time You Think You’re Having a Bad Day, Remember This Photo

New York, New Haven and Hartford locomotive number 321, a 2-6-0 Mogul type, is shown at Hartford, Connecticut on July 8, 1905.  Just two years old at the time, contemporary reports say that it had started by itself. According to the Southern Methodist University’s Central University Library archive, another locomotive had a similar incident on…

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Fighting Fire with Fire in Boston – An Amoskeag Steamer

Note the conventional style of chain used for the drive on the Steamer. There had never been anything like it before when the prototype rolled out of the Amoskeag works in 1865. The horse-drawn equipment the Manchester, New Hampshire-based company had been producing since 1859 had developed a great reputation, but the apparatus like the one pictured…

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