Steam carriage, 1860.
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Engraving taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The steam carriage, on eof a series of experimental designs, was conceived by J E McConnell, Locomotive Superintendent of the Southern Divsion of the North Western Railways and built by Thomas Rickett of the Castle Foundary, Buckingham. The 2.5-ton vehicle is being driven by the Marques of Stafford to Winsor Castle for inspection by Queen Victoria (1819-1901). Rickett also supplied an improved version of the vehicle to the Earl of Caithnes, who succesfully completed a 150-mile journey in it.