Puffing Billy engine
Puffing Billy, steam engine invented by William Headley in 1813. Headley solved the problem of slippage on the iron tracks by applying power through two sets of driving wheels. The engine was first used at Wylam Colliery near Newcastle.
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Stephenson's No. 2 Killingworth Locomotive
One of George Stephenson's early locomotives made at Killingworth Colliery, near Newcastle upon Tyne. This locomotive was named Blcher after the Prussian General Gebhard Leberecht von Blcher, whose speedy assistance helped defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Part of a series of experimental designs, the Blcher locomotive was the first to incorperate flanged wheels, helping to keep it on the tracks.
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Twelve proverbial silhouettes
Twelve proverbial silhouettes given a literal depiction: the fat is in the fire, to have a finger in the pie, sending coals to Newcastle, one sows and another reaps, the last drop makes the cup overflow, to hit the nail on the head, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, tall oaks from little acorns grow, to lay up for a rainy day, early to bed early to rise, straws show which way the wind blows, a rolling stone gathers no moss.
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