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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