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1896

H A Salvesen of the family that owned the Christian Salvesen shipping company of Leith near Edinburgh built a 'one off' steam carriage around 1896. It has survived and in recent years has been a regular participant in he London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The vehicle has a rear-mounted vertical coal-fired boiler supplying a horizontal two-cylinder double-acting engine mounted on a steel chassis. The axles are of the pattern used by Coventry Daimler, as are the wheels, those at the front having solid rubber tyres whilst the rears are iron-bound. The steersman sits at the very front of the vehicle, there are two longitudinal bench seats behind him, and the boilerman-stoker stands at the extreme rear, and somehow the two 'conductors' communicate with one another. The vehicle was only used on the Salvesen family estate and although referred to as a 'steam cart', could perhaps more elegantly be called an estate carriage.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

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