VULCAN STEAM LOCOMOTIVE
The first steam locomotive "train" engines were referred to as "land engines" and were adapted for use on the primitive roads of the horse & buggy era in England. The first steam locomotive trains ran on wooden rails and then steel rails. The characteristic horizontal tube boiler and firebox remained the same with the engine location changing to be situated in closer proximity to the wheels and the large multi-purpose flywheel was eliminated. The "Vulcan" steam locaomotive that was donated to the Museum was used in the construction of the Welland Canal. Restoring, recreating and protecting the Vulcan will require the "reinvention" of human engineering know how and significant material resources to bring the project to life.