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Hot Air engine

Here is the right and left side of a miniature Hot Air engine. We do not know whether it is just a working model of the hot air engine or maybe it had some practical purpose. It is a perfect specimen. If you know anything about it please let us know.

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Pictured is a 65 hp Fostera Showmans road locomotive, the last one being built in 1934. The present owner of this one is Albert E. Dowlman who stands at the rear wheel, his son is standing at the front. Such an engine as this weighs, in working order, about 16 or 17 tons, has 3 speed road gears, rubber shod road wheels and can handle 3 trailers at speeds up to 12 miles per hour and sometimes more. Often Roundabouts were dismantled all night after a show had closed. The engines and loads would then move as much as 100 miles straightaway covering their distance. This engine is quite an ornate job, but not nearly as elaborate as Mr. Cheffins tells us some of them are, such as one made by John Fowler, Co., the largest size built by them and is painted maroon lined in gold leafs with yellow wheels and decorated with no less than 400 separate pieces of chrome.

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