19th Century elevated railway, artwork

19th Century elevated railway, artwork

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Caption: 19th Century elevated railway. 1880s engraving of a Meigs Elevated Railway. The Meigs Elevated Railway was an experimental steam-powered monorail invented by the American Josiah Vincent Meigs. The weight of the train was carried on a 22 inch gauge track, and balanced by an additional set of horizontal wheels that operated against a second set of rails, 42 inches above the first. A 227-foot demonstration line was built in 1886 in East Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, but a fire broke out on the night of 4th February 1887, and destroyed Meigs's car sheds along with the experimental coach and tender and severely damaged the locomotive.

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