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Steam Traction in the Royal Engineers by Col. J. Nowers

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One of the first practical traction engines to interest the British military authorities was the Burrell-Boydell machine using Boydell's Patent Railway or Endless Wheel. As early as 1845, the Inspector General of Fortifications drew attention to the potential of steam power for military use which had come into increasing use in agriculture. Comparative trials were held in Woolwich Arsenal in 1855 to establish the value of Boydell's wheels for soft cross-country going. A 68pdr gun weighing eight tons was tested with ordinary and Boydell wheels and these trials were so promising that the War Office sent a number of these patent wheels to the Crimea to be fitted to guns and animal-drawn trench carts. 1994 first edition pamphlet, 72 pages with many archive and old b/w plates and tables

Code No. 005751, 72 pages, $8.50

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