Air gun

1834 Journal of the Franklin Institute  
Air Gun. 287 Our present limits will not allow us to give a detailed account of the machine, but we shall endeavour to do so in our next, accompanied with the specification of the last improvements, which have been do ted in the construction of the boiler, and whichhave tended very ~a~rially to the accomplishment of a perfectly safe and effective locomotive machine. The boilers~ engines, and their appendages, are all enclosed within a square compartment of about eight feet high and long, and
more » ... gh and long, and five feet wide, which forms tim central part before and behind, to which are attached capacious coach bodies, corresponding in appearance, and capable of holding ten persons in each; and connected to these are open cabriolets affording accommodation for eight persons more, malting twet~ty-eight inside passengers. Below are receptacles for lug'gage~ and on the roof accommodation for thirty persons~ exclusive of the conductor and guard. Little is to be expected from a first attempt, but we have much pleasure in saying that a more successful result could not hare been anticipated. After passing heavily laden from the manmCaetory at Bordesley Green, near Birmingham, through several green lanes recently laid with loose gravel, and peribrming several acute and difficult turns in the road, this ponderous vehicle proceeded along the Coventry Road with at least fifty persons upon it, at a rate of more than twenty miles per hour for some distance, (perhaps near a mile;) but as it was not designed to carry this experiment further than a mere trial of the capabilities of the machinery, and the means lbr prolonging thejourhey not having been provided, we are not in a situation to state such particulars at present as would, perhaps, be necessary to satisfy the inquiries of a practical engineer; but hope to be enabled in our next to give a more detailed account of the performance and construction of the machine, which certainly comprehends several features of considerable novelty and ingenuity, and unquestionably reflects very great credit both upon the ability and perseverance of its talented projector. [Ibid. Jtir Gun.
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