At auction is this antique "live steam" toy locomotive made by the very first, and famous, American live steam toy train maker Eugene Beggs, of Patterson, New Jersey, USA.

Eugene Beggs patented a uniquely American toy train in 1871 in order to compete with the European toy train market which were the only type available to the U.S. market at the time, opening his toy train business that same year.

Live steam toy trains made by Mr. Beggs at his "Beggs Machine Co.", became very popular with the American public as he provided a superior product and offered a totally "American" style toy train, complete with a front "cow catcher". Before this time such "American" trains had not been available to the children of the USA.

Mr. Beggs manufactured his toy trains with a revolutionary and patented safety feature which allowed for a safer running train. His patented feature helped keep the build up of excess steam within the locomotive’s boiler from bursting the boiler seams by expelling the harmful excess steam through the trains wheel cylinders by using his patented spring loaded venting system. Since his trains were driven by highly flammable alcohol, one can understand it’s popularity.

Most of Mr. Beggs toy trains were built utilizing another unique feature, this being the fixed angle of the trains front wheels which

Condition of this locomotive is very good although it is missing it’s front light and detachable engineers compartment. The train is made of hand soldered sheet tin and is all hand painted and has not been retouched or repaired. The locomotive measures out at exactly 12 inches long and the wheels measure 1 3/4 inches from the inside of each wheel flange. The train is probably an earlier model pre dating 1890.

This description is based upon information gleened off the internet and from help given me by the "Train Collectors Association" and "National Toy Train Museum" of Strasburg, PA.

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