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Henry Pinkus

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1834 Patented an atmospheric railway system derived from the work of George Medhurst. 'H. Pinkus, late of Pennsylvania, U. S. now of North-crescent, Bedford-square, London, for an improved method of communicating and transmitting extending motive power, by means whereof carriages or wagons may be propelled railways or common roads, and vessels may be propelled on canals.'[1]

1835 Henry Pinkus launched a prospectus for the National Pneumatic Railway Association.

1839 Patented improvements in endless-railway and carriages. [2]

Built an experimental line for half a mile alongside the Kensington Canal.

Believed to be of American birth.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Hereford Journal - Wednesday 09 April 1834
  2. The Engineer 1917/08/10
  • The Atmospheric Railways by Howard Clayton. Published privately in 1966.