Express Madeira-Mamoré by Duda Arraes on Flickr.
@ Porto Velho, Rondônia, Brazil, South America.
The Railway Madeira-Mamoré was built to connect the rubber extraction in the Amazon region with the bigger coastal cities and ports of Brazil. Many immigrants from all continents came to Brazil for the construction and thousands died from the tropical diseases.
Nowadays, this raildroad is completely abandoned…
There is a steam powered motorcycle in the Musee Mechanique at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. You can see it for free. It was built by an individual who intended to go into production. He claimed to have reached 100mph which, if true, would have been a steam-powered speed record.
Unlike other steam motorcycles he solved the problem of how to monitor the water level by placing a sightglass down on the right side… a lot of steam bikes have all the gizmos up in front of you and look really awkward. I think at the end of the day the power-to-weight ratio of an external combustion engine is too low for a two-wheeled vehicle and that’s why they never really manifested themselves.