|From the Richmond Daily Dispatch
|March 18, 1862
|Moving under Difficulties
| A locomotive, of large size, brought to Richmond
from Mr. Allan's plantation (Claremont) on James river, was moved yesterday to the depot of the
Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad.
It was mounted upon stout wheels, and in the absence of steam, some
thirty mules and horses were attached; but even with this power, it
was found no easy matter to haul the iron monster to its destination.
Near the corner of
and 13th streets, the traces parted, and a dozen mules shot gaily
forward, relieved of their burden, while the majority, with the
locomotive, stuck fast to the pavement. An immense crowd assembled,
and the incident afforded considerable excitement for an hour or two.
At length the team was properly hitched up again, but the combined
horse and mule power, with the whips and "hi-hi's" of the
drivers, availed nothing. It was an up hill business Finally a strong
rope was procured and made fast to the ponderous vehicle, and some two
hundred of the bystanders took their places in the line to aid the
quadrupeds in their labor. The experiment succeeded. With a long pull
and a strong pull, and amid vociferous shouting, the work was
successfully accomplished and the locomotive conveyed safely to the
depot on Broad street.