Second Railway Era 307

The Novelty, by Messrs. Braithwaite and Erricson, is exhibited in the opposite page, representing a side elevation of the machine.

F is the carriage-frame; E, one end of a long horizontal cylinder, forming the principal part of the boiler, which extends to the large vertical vessel A, at the other end of the carriage, and contains forty-five gallons of water; L, a hopper to supply the fuel, (which is carried in small baskets placed on the carriage,) whence it is conducted by a tube in the centre of the steam-chamber A, into the furnace S, beneath. At C is a blowing machine, the air from which is conducted by a pipe under the carriage, and proceeding by the tube K enters the ash-pit M, under the furnace; Q is a pipe for the escape of the heated gases after the combustion, and forms the only chimney used; B is the water-tank; at D N are two working cylinders with their steam-pipes and valves; the cylinders are six inches in diameter, and have a twelve inch stroke; O G are connecting-rods, which impart the force of the engines to the running-wheels. The axletrees are fixed to an iron rod, and slings are introduced to prevent the side action between the rod and the carriage-frame; and to prevent the effect of the springs from counteracting the action of the engine, the connecting-rods are placed as nearly as possible in a horizontal position, and the motion is communicated to them by bell-cranks on each side of the carriage, being connected by the slings to the piston-rods. The pistons used are the patent metallic of Barton; and the running-wheels, the patent suspension kind of Theodore Jones and Co.

The figure below exhibits a section of the boiler introduced by Messrs. Braithwaite and Erricson, into the Novelty steam-carriage. S is the furnace, surrounded by water; and L the tube by which the fuel is supplied to feed the fire; M is the ash-pit, through which the air is forced by the pipe K from the bellows of the engine. The vessel containing the water that surrounds the furnace, and the long cylinder that proceeds horizontally from it, constitute the boiler, as shown at E E e. The flames and heated air from the furnace,"after ascending by the action of the bellows, enter a long tortuous flue, which makes three turns in the entire length of the horizontal boiler, escaping finally at the chimney. The fuel in the furnace has, therefore, a direct action upon the water surrounding it; and the water in the long cylinder is operated upon by the gases in the flue, which gradually tapers from the furnace to the chimney, and has a constant inclination downward; and as the whole of the furnace and flue is surrounded by the water of the boiler, there can evidently be very little of the heat misapplied.

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The Sans Pareil of Mr. Hackworth is represented in elevation in the subjoined cut. The boiler B is cylindrical, of the Trevithick kind, with one of its ends convex outwards, and the other flat. The fire-bars were of greater extent than usual, having an area of ten feet; and the flue-tube is returned to the front on one side of the fire-place, where it enters the chimney C. D represents one of the two working-cylinders; these were seven inches in diameter, and had an eighteen-inch stroke. The piston rods, through the medium of the vertical connecting rods, operated upon the hind pair of wheels; and the latter being connected to the fore wheels by the horizontal connecting rods, shown acting in the manner of cranks, motion was communicated to both pairs of wheels, - an arrangement which is designed to cause a greater adhesion of the wheels to the rails, and of enabling the carriage to draw a greater load, than if only one pair of wheels was operated upon.

Second Railway Era 310

The Sans Pareil.