Treasures at the MOT - Apr. 2008
By Fred Blank
Stage Coach-Style Passenger Coach Boston & Providence Railroad
Designed and built by John Lightner in Boston & Providence Railroad shops, its claim to fame is that it is the oldest original American railway passenger coach. Built in 1833, resembling an early stagecoach, it has four wheels and is constructed of wood, with an iron frame and leather straps supporting the body. The car was made three years after the first U.S. Steam locomotive was built in 1830. At first horse-drawn, it was later pulled behind the first steam engine that traveled between Boston, MA and Providence, RI. The coach was exhibited with the "Daniel Nason" locomotive at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (1893) and in New York (1939-1940). In 1982, it was among 8,500 items auctioned from the estate of a wealthy businessman. That year it was contributed to MOT by the "Friends of the Danbury Collection".
Did You Realize: The Boston & Providence's Daniel Nason is the oldest locomotive at the MOT?
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