MANUFACTURING: Luck on Tidewater

The first Baldwin locomotive (third in the U. S.) was born by a Caesarean operation. In 1832, when ex-Philadelphia Jeweler Matthias W. Baldwin finished work on "Old Ironsides," his first born, he found it too big to go through the exit of his tiny shop. So, vowing he was through with locomotives, he cut a hole in the wall. But "Old Ironsides" surprised him, hit 28 miles an hour on the six-mile Philadelphia-Germantown run. That was fast enough to earn immortality as a locomotive pioneer. For Old Ironsides the end came in...

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