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Isaac Dripps, the mechanic who assembled the John Bull in 1831, drew this picture of how it looked at that date from memory in 1887.

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Isaac Dripps, the mechanic who assembled the John Bull in 1831, drew this picture of how it looked at that date from memory in 1887.

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Technology
Transportation Technology Videos — Transportation technology

OTHER VIEWS
The 'John Bull' as it appeared in 1877
The "John Bull" as it appeared in 1877


Plan of the boiler of the John Bull, drawn by Stephenson and Company.
Plan of the boiler of the John Bull, drawn by Stephenson and Company.


Stephenson and Company description of the 'John Bull'
Stephenson and Company description of the "John Bull"

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Camden and Amboy Passenger Coach


"John Bull" locomotive
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Physical Description
Artifact.
Details
Date Made:
1831
Dates Used:
1831
Locations:
New Jersey
History
The “John Bull” was one of the first successful locomotives in the United States. Built by Stephenson and Company, in England, it was imported by the Camden and Amboy Railroad in 1831. There it was assembled by Isaac Dripps. It ran for the first time in November, 1831.

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