Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,167 pages of information and 245,637 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Catley (of York)

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of York


Extract from Steam Locomotion on Common Roads by William Fletcher. Published 1891.

A very neat steam wagonette was made by Mr. Catley, of York, in 1869. The two cylinders were 2.635in. diameter, and 5.75in. stroke. Spur gearing with a ratio of three to one was used for transmitting the motion of the crank shaft to the main axle. The driving wheels were 4ft. diameter; one wheel was keyed to the axle, the other wheel was loose on the shaft, which caused the carriage to turn the sharpest corners easily. A vertical boiler, 1ft. 6in. diameter and 3ft. high, was mounted over the driving axle, and a pressure of 120lbs. per square inch was used. Four passengers could be carried at a fair speed. The weight of the wagonette empty was 15cwt.; it was mounted on good springs, fitted with a brake within easy reach of the steersman, and nicely equipped for service. Two water tanks contained a supply of feed for a five mile run, while coal enough could be taken for a 20 mile journey.




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