John Charter: Charter Member

John Charter is credited with building the first internal combustion traction engine.

A Charter engine advertisement dating to about 1885. Charter gas engines were built in sizes from 2 to 25 hp and were said to use “20 cubic feet of town gas per hp per hour. There is no expense when standing still, and it is ready for use at any moment of the day or night” – in contrast with the need to keep a steam boiler running all day.
Illustration courtesy Dr. Graeme R. Quick