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Tiny Ticker “Steam-Engine Austria”

Zappler Dampflok Austria


Vienna, first half of the 19th century

engraved and fire-gilt bronze (ormolu), ebonized wood viaduct, front covered in mother of pearl with engraved stone block surface, ebonized fruit wood base, original glass dome (height with glass dome 7½ in.)
cylinder escapement, short front pendulum
6¾ in

Austria’s first steam train undertook its maiden journey on the Emperor Ferdinand Northern Railway November 23, 1837. The honorable guests, among them Archduke Karl, experienced the unprecedented thrill of speeds along the 8 miles of the main line from Floridsdorf to Deutsch- Wagram. The steam locomotive “Austria”, which was responsible for the impressive traveling speed of 18.6 mph, was manufactured in the English city of Newcastle and managed to cover the distance in an incredible 26 minutes. This charming Viennese tiny ticker was created to mark the occasion of this successful start to Austrian railway history and celebrates the launch of a new era.

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