Thomson Road Steamer: Douw D. Williamson Attempts an American Steam Plow
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American Artesian wrote of Thomson May 31, 1873, after his death. “The late Mr. R.W. Thomson, of Edinburgh, constructed an entirely novel form of road locomotive, which he designated the name of ‘Road Steamer,’ and he was certainly the first to reduce the weight of the traction engine, and to introduce several material improvements which, when modified by experience, would be found beneficial to the progress of steam locomotion on common roads.
“Mr. Thomson’s engines were easy to manage, and were able to draw a large amount in proportion, to their weight, owing to the introduction of India-rubber tires on the driving wheels, and, considering the speed at which these engines could run, the machinery was kept in better order through the elasticity of the India-rubber acting as a spring than in any other system.”
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