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Locomotive: Lafayette

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1837 The Lafayette was built in America by Norris. In this there were exhibited several of the features introduced and advocated by Mr Edward Bury, afterwards of the firm of Bury, Curtis and Kennedy, and locomotive superintendent of the London and Birmingham Railway. These include the bar frame and the circular firebox with the dome-shaped top. Eight engines of this type were built in America to work the Lickey incline on the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway.

They had cylinders 10.5 in. in diameter by 18in. stroke with driving wheels 4 ft in diameter, their weight being 9.5 tons.

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