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Monday, 15 October 2012

Le Fardier de Cugnot


This photograph is of a replica of the steam fardier (fardier a vapeur) built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725 - 1804)

A fardier was a two-wheeled horse drawn cart, very heavy build, used for transporting very heavy equipment such as cannon barrels. In 1769, Cugnot built a fardier that used a steam engine for traction, making this the first engined road vehicle. Tests were conducted in 1770 and 1771, not a great success so the French Army did not follow up.

This replica has been photographed in front of the Monument to Cugnot in his home town of Void-Vacon (Meuse). There are some films on YouTube of a replica steaming around some streets.

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