Daguerreotype view of a group of men posing on a steam locomotive named the Thomas James on the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, c. 1851.

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I know there were some, um, idiosyncratic locomotive designers in the early days, but you’d have to try really hard to actually get a design that could tip over at any moment signed off and built, so I realise it’s not as touch-and-go as it looks. And I guess she’s got one or two cylinders mounted inboard near the front axle, which would help with weight distribution too.

But by gum I’d *love* to see that thing fired up with a full head of steam, regulator opened wide and driver and stoker hanging off the back, pulling a goddamn wheelie as she accelerated away into the sunset!

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