Model of steam carriage

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invented by William Murdoch

Postcard of Model of steam carriage.
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Model of steam carriage

This is a model of a steam-powered carriage. It is a copy of the original which was made by the engineer, William Murdoch, in 1784. The model was made by Twining Models Ltd., Northampton.

Made of wood and metal, the model was made by Twining Models Ltd., Northampton, at a scale of 1:1.

William Murdoch, 1754-1839, designed a model steam powered carriage whilst working as an engine erector for James Watt and Matthew Boulton. He is also credited with the first practical use of gas as an alternative lighting fuel to tallow or oil.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-986-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1926.12
Date: Original carriage: 1784; copy made in 20th century
Dimensions: 350 mm H x 480 mm L x 153 mm W
What: Locomotive / model, Murdoch's / copy
Subject: 15. ROAD TRANSPORT, Steam (Departmental Classification)
Who: William Murdoch (engineer)
Where: England, Northamptonshire, Northampton
Description: Murdoch's locomotive model with a steering wheel in front and two driving wheels connected by a cranked axle behind, a copy of the original in Birmingham Art Gallery
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