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Baldwin Locomotive Works: Evolution of the American Locomotive, 1907

Item of Interest

The company's success led to a need for an energy source beyond the horse- and hand-driven systems being used, and so one of the newly-available steam engines was acquired. The new engine was not completely acceptable and Baldwin began to improve it and eventually replaced it with one of his own invention. Upon learning of this skill, a local museum owner asked Baldwin to build a model version of a steam locomotive which was then an item of high interest following news of its 1825 invention by Stephenson in England and the "Rocket's" success in the August 1829 Rainhill trials. Noone Baldwin knew had ever actually seen a full-size steam locomotive, although a few were being imported privately.