Reading Railroad 1 (0-4-0)

Called the "Rocket", Reading 1 was built by Braithwhite, Milner & Co. in London, England, in 1838. The standard-gauge coal-burner weighs 8.4 tons and has 49" drivers and 10.5" x 16" cylinders. The locomotive was in continuous service until 1879, traveling more than 300,000 miles. It is on view at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Copyright 2004 Donald Nute

This page last modified: 7/5/2004.

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