A beautiful bespoke pewter coaster with a cork backing designed specially to celebrate the world class heritage of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The coaster is hand made in Sheffield and uses the handwriting of Timothy Hackworth who was the S&DR’s first Resident Engineer and Locomotive Superintendent from 1825. The handwriting is from a note he wrote in his youngest daughter’s album on January 20th, 1848. It reads “Blessed are they that do his commandment, that they may have right to the tree of life”. His signature is also reproduced at the top of the coaster. The wheel design is based on Hackworth’s invention – the plug wheel which revolutionised locomotive travel.
Each product designed and inspired by the works of Timothy Hackworth is packaged with a little card of authenticity confirming that the product has been approved by the Great Great Grandaughter of Timothy Hackworth – Jane Hackworth-Young.
Dimensions: 90 x 90mm (coasters are handmade so dimensions may vary slightly).
Timothy Hackworth and his family were Methodists. They lived in New Shildon from 1825 until the deaths of Timothy and later his wife Jane in 1850 and 1852 respectively. The house they lived in from 1833 still survives as part of the National Railway Museum, Locomotion at Shildon. The young ladies in the family all had albums into which their friends and family would add sketches or notes. The coaster reproduces such a note from Timothy to his youngest daughter. Hackworth designed the plugwheel which went on to be used on the Royal George (1827) and on nearly every other engine on the Stockton & Darlington Railway and other railways for many years. It was cast iron with wrought iron tyres shrunk on; Hackworth was the first to apply the wrought iron tyre to a wheel. The wheels were made up in parts as there were no lathes in the Shildon workshops, where Hackworth worked, large enough to turn up the rims when fixed upon the axle. The centre part or ‘boss’ was machined true, and the outer rim trued by the centre and made tight by wooden plugs and iron wedges. They were dotted with curious plug holes (hence the name plug wheel) to ensure sound castings and reduce unnecessary weight, and in practice were found extremely efficient. (Source Timothy Hackworth and the Locomotive by Robert Young 1923).
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