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.

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Edward L. Miller

From Graces Guide

1830 Built the railway locomotive Best Friend, the first locomotive built in America for actual service on a railway.[1] It had inclined cylinders and a water tank at one end, and a multitubular vertical boiler outboard of the axle at the other end.

1930 'The honor of building the first locomotive in the United States must be credited to the West Point Foundry. This was the "Best-Friend," built in 1830 from the plans of Edward L. Miller, of Charleston, S. C., to run between Charleston and Hamburg, and Charles E. Detmate made the drawings. The next engine was the "West Point," for the same road as the first, and was designed by Horatio Allen, who was chief engineer of the company. The "South Carolina" was also built in the same year.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young. Published 1923.
  2. Utah Railway