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Geoffrey Bowman Jenkins would often say to his young son Paul, that it was one thing to make an engine flywheel go round, but quite a different matter for a locomotive to pull a load. GBJ was dismissive of competitors who just made showy ‘flywheel turners’, which were all speed and no power at all. Several of his stationary engines could lift over a 100 pound load in a suitably geared Meccano crane, while his 234 locomotives could pull immense loads on the track. At the ‘British Industries Fair’ of February 1928, his new 234 tender locomotive could be seen hauling six large coaches without incident for days on end. In fact over the duration of the 10 day exhibition, it actually covered 183 miles. It was such a resounding success that GBJ was overwhelmed with orders from the likes of Gamages and Hamleys.
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