Fable: The Walking Steam Engine

The spindly legs of the Mechanical Traveller (depicted on the left) are reminiscent of a Heath Robinson illustration. NRM Ref: B1/83/2 R

The  engines were used at the Crich Railway and Newbottle Colliery. However, two years into their working life, in 1815, one exploded killing 13 people and injuring 43 others.

Further development of the engine ceased at that point.

Moral: Walking machines are elusive

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