Gurney's steam carriage, 1829

Gurney's steam carriage, 1829

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Gurney's steam carriage. This artwork shows the first practical steam carriage used in England, making journeys between Bath and London in 1829 at average speeds of 15 miles per hour. The steam engine is at right, with passengers in the carriage at left. This steam carriage was developed by the British inventor Goldsworthy Gurney (1793-1875). In this depiction, the British physicist John Herapath (1790-1868) is riding up front. Herapath worked on thermodynamics, and wrote critiques on early developments in steam transport. Steam trains eventually made steam road vehicles obsolete. This artwork was published circa 1829.Restrictions:

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