Built by N. A. Dadd & Sons for the Maypole Tramway in 1882.
Doomed to failure from the outset, the Maypole Tramway was never built and THE POET remained at Dadd’s Maidenhead workshops for many years until he was awarded the contract to construct the Candlebridge Tramway in 1885 when the locomotive moved to Boot Lane.
With a flair for the unique, Dadd endowed THE POET with the graceful lines of a hitherto unseen tram-engine design. While under the locomotive’s skirts is an unusual valve gear arrangement.
Cylinders – 6″ x 9″
Driving wheels – 21″ (dia)
Boiler pressure – 160 psi
Tractive effort – 1850lbs (@75%bp)
Operational status –
not in service (awaiting overhaul)