Cycle, No. 1, Portland Company, ca. 1889

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Cycle, No. 1, Portland Company, ca. 1889

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"This 1889 monorail steam engine, Cycle, No. 1, was the brainchild of Eben Moody Boynton of West Newbury, Massachusetts. He had it built along with a second engine for his Boynton Bicycle Railway in Coney Island, New York, New York. It had a two-story cab and a 93-inch double-flanged single driver. The two trailing wheels made it a 0-1-1-1 wheel arrangement. Here we see it on a test track with a wooden overhead rail to stabilize it at the Portland Company yard." --Fletcher, David H. "The Portland Company 1846-1982." Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub., 2002, 38.

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  • Title: Cycle, No. 1, Portland Company, ca. 1889
  • Creation Date: circa 1889
  • Subject Date: circa 1889
  • Local Name: Coney Island
  • Town: New York, Portland
  • County: Cumberland
  • State: ME, NY
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: Coll. 242, Box 37, 37-91
  • Collection: Portland Company records
  • Object Type: Image

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