John Bull Locomotive Given Test Run

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The John Bull Locomotive celebrates the 150th anniversary of its first test run in the United States by travelling the track along the C&O Canal. This was accomplished with the help of National Museum of American History curator John White, museum specialist John Stine, and mechanic Larry Jones. Contemporary valves and safety gauges were installed for the trip, but were removed after the test so that the engine could be displayed in its original state.


  • Jones, Larry
  • Stine, John
  • White, John
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 3, "The Torch," October 1981, p. 3.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


September 15, 1981


  • John Bull (Steam locomotive)
  • Steam locomotives
  • Museums
  • Museum curators

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