Richard Trevithick

Richard TrevithickIn existographies, Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) (IQ:165|#482) (EP:29) (CR:5) was a British engineer, mining engineer, and inventor, noted for []

A scientific advisor to Trevithick was Davies Gilbert. [2]

In c.1801, Trevithick built some type of steam engine locomotive prototype, such as shown below:

Trevithick engine (1804)

In Feb 1804, Trevithick made a trial run with a steam locomotive on the rails of a Welsh coal road, supposedly hauling 10 tons of iron, 70 men, in 5 trailing cars, for 9.5 miles, at 5 mph, aside for stopping to remove obstacles from the track; this is said to be the first time a steam locomotive ran on rails. [1]

In 1808, Trevithick demoed a railway exhibition in Euston Square, London, wherein he had paid visitors come into his fenced in arena to see his train go on rails in a circle, as shown below: [1]
Trevithick railway (1808)


1. Kirby, Richard. (1956). Engineering in History (co-authors: Sidney Withington, Arthur Darling, Frederick Kilgour) (pgs. 273-75). Courier, 1990.
2. Cardwell, Donald S.L. (1971). From Watt to Clausius: the Rise of Thermodynamics in the Early Industrial Age (pg. 83). Cornell University Press.

External links
‚óŹ Richard Trevithick – Wikipedia.

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