Paper Railway Wheels

Paper has multitude of uses—from the newspaper that we read in the morning to the teabags that infuses our morning cup, from the toilet paper in our bathroom to the decorative wallpaper that brightens our bedroom, this versatile material is used in innumerable number of ways. And for a brief period in the late 19th century, they were also used for making wheels for railways.

Conventional wisdom says that all load bearing structural components should be made of sturdy materials such as wood or steel. So where did the idea of making paper wheels spring from?

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