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Old Mining "Donkey" Locomotive

The locomotive was invented in 1803 by British mining engineer and inventor Richard Trevithick to serve mining operations. Prior to this invention, ore was hauled out of mines by donkeys and "pit ponies" (usually Shetland ponies). The locomotive replaced these beasts of burden, and only later was it adapted for passenger and freight usage. The mining locomotives typically have a small and low profile allowing them to wind through narrow tunnels of a mine. This engine sits outside the Creede Museum, and engines like it worked the various silver mines in the nearby mountains.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

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  • Uploaded on October 2, 2012
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    by John Keeran
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D60
    • Taken on 2012/09/16 16:02:51
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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