The "South Carolina", 1831.

This Engine was built at the shops of the West Point Foundry Association, New York, for the South Carolina Railroad in 1831, from the designs of Horatio Allen, and was the first eight wheel engine built in America. The engine had a vibrating truck at both ends with cylinders thereon. It had a double ended boiler with the firebox in the middle with flues from firebox to each end of the boiler and had double smoke box and double stack, with fire door on side of firebox and had flexible steam and exhaust pipes.


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