'Vauxhall' steam locomotive, 1834.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'Vauxhall' steam locomotive, 1834.

© NRM / Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library


Coloured drawing (scale 1:8) showing the Dublin & Kingstown Railway locomotive 'Vauxhall'. In 1831 an Act of Parliament was pased enabling the formation of a railway company in Ireland to link the port of Dublin with Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire). The line was opened in 1834, with the first trial of the steam engine Vauxhall, hauling a small train filled with pasengers, undertaken between Dublin and the Martello tower in Kingstown, in October of that year. The trial was a great succes, with the locomotive reaching a speed of around 31 mph.

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