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Illustration of Trevithick's steam locomotive,1808

Illustration of Trevithick's steam locomotive,1808

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Trevithick's locomotive, 1808. A contemporary illustration by Rowlandson showing the first passenger steam locomotive providing novelty rides in Euston Square, London. This particular locomotive was called 'Catch-me-who-can'. Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) designed the first high- pressure steam engines initially for colliery work, but these were found to be just what the locomotive designers had been looking for. Trevithick's engines gave about three times the power per unit cylinder volume over Watt's engines, and made passenger locomotives a viable prospect.

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