Industrial Revolution - Steam Elephant by Dennis Melling

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A digital painting, using Lautrec in DAP, of the Steam Elephant.

The original image used is ‘Steam Elephant’ from an 1820 painting by unknown artist and PD photo uploaded by: Jack1956 from English Wikipedia. Information also from wikipedia.

Steam Elephant was a six-wheeled locomotive of approximately standard gauge with a centre-flue boiler having two vertical cylinders of about 9 inches (229 mm) x 24 inches (610 mm) set into its top centreline. The cylinders drove slide bar mounted beams which turned crankshafts driving the axles through 2:1 reduction gears between the frames. It had a tall, tapering chimney, the lower part being surrounded by a feedwater heater. It would have weighed about 7.5 tons and had a top speed of around 4.5 miles per hour (7 km/h) and a load capacity of about 90 tons over a short distance.
It is now considered to have been designed by John Buddle and William Chapman for Wallsend Colliery on the north bank of the River Tyne in 1815


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  • LordTemplar
    LordTemplaralmost 3 years ago

    Awesome steam engine. I love these things as you well know.

  • Yes it’s wonderful isn’t it :)
    I’ve just started a new series: ‘Industrial Revolution’ and I will be putting things like this and the ‘White Slaves’ into it.
    I have just done another steam engine and this one is called ‘Puffing Billy’ :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 3 years ago

    wonderful image Dennis great work

  • Thank you for the comment and favourite Maggie :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    great work Dennis!!!!!!

  • Thank you Charmiene :)
    This is the start of my ‘Industrial Revolution’ series :)

    – Dennis Melling

  • Diane Schuster
    Diane Schusteralmost 3 years ago


    Congrats from your hosts at Tuesday Afternoon

  • Thank you very much Diane :)
    Absolutely fabulous

    – Dennis Melling

  • Keala
    Keala4 months ago

    How interesting! I love trains and related equipment!

  • Thank you Leigh, I will post one of my favourite pencil drawings to the group

    – Dennis Melling

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