Carpet Railways were the first model trains in the world!  They started to be manufactured and sold in the 1840s and were typically made of brass with an oscillating cylinder powering the main driving wheels.  These were essentially boilers on wheels, and did not run on tracks, instead running directly on the floor.  These Carpet Railways were soon nicknamed “Birmingham Dribblers” due to the water trail they left on the floor as they ran along.

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