Atmospheric railway, Crystal Palace, Syndenham, London, 1864.
3 2 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

Atmospheric railway, Crystal Palace, Syndenham, London, 1864.

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Description

Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The idea of a train propelled by compresed air was first proposed in 1810 by George Medway, and later revived by the Pneumatic Despatch Company. The company's engineer, T W Rammell demonstrated the working of the principle using a 600-yard track. A carriage descended a slope into a tunnel and was propelled forward by bursts of air from a huge fan, the proces was reversed to suck the carriage back again.
 

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