"Tom Thumb" Locomotive Model

Description (Brief)
This model of the Tom Thumb Locomotive was made by Bathe & Williams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1933. Greville Bathe was a machinist and steam engine hobbyist who would fashion his own parts to complete toy steam engines and models like this one. This model is a representation of the Tom Thumb Locomotive, and early American locomotive built by Peter Cooper in 1830 to prove that a steam-powered locomotive could navigate the hills and twists of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The model consists of an upright boiler, vertical engine, and geared drive.
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Object Name
locomotive, Tom Thumb
locomotive, tom thumb, model
model, locomotive
model, steam locomotive
date made
overall-from catalog card: 10 in x 19 1/2 in x 9 in; 25.4 cm x 49.53 cm x 22.86 cm
overall: 19 1/4 in x 19 3/4 in x 9 1/4 in; 48.895 cm x 50.165 cm x 23.495 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Engineering, Building, and Architecture
Family & Social Life
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Work and Industry: Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Engineering Steam Toys and Models
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Greville I. Bathe
maker referenced
Maass, Eleanor A.. Greville Bathe's "Theatre of Machines": The Evolution of a Scholar and His Collection
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