M. BLAVIER AND LARPENTS ENGINE "L'AIGLE", 1856
This engine was designed by M. M. Blavier and Larpent and made
by Messrs. Gouin of Paris for the Western Railroad of
France and was exhibited in the Paris Exposition of 1855.
The engine had 16½" cylinders, 31½" stroke and four
coupled wheels of 9'4" diameter.
The form of the boiler was such as to permit of the convenient
disposal of the axles, but as the Engine never answered any
useful purpose, probability is given to the natural suspicion
that such a boiler could not produce steam rapidly and
She was the most striking example of the employment of large
driving wheels on a narrow gauge road.
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