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London Borough of Camden in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

Richard Trevithick

 
 
Richard Trevithick Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 11, 2017
1. Richard Trevithick Marker
Inscription.
Close to this place
Richard Trevithick
Born 1771 - Died 1833
Pioneer of
High Pressure Steam

ran in the year 1808 the
first steam locomotive
to draw passengers

 
Erected 1908 by Trevithick Centenary Memorial Committee.
 
Location. 51° 31.443′ N, 0° 8.051′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Camden, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Gower Street and University Street, on the left when traveling south on Gower Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Camden, England WC1E 6DE, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sir Victor Horsley (within shouting distance of this marker); George Dance (The Younger) (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); London School of Tropical Medicine (about 210 meters away); First Anaesthesia in England (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); In Memory of Auxiliary Firemen (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Charles Dickens (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Saint Pancras Parish Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); William Butler Yeats (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Camden.
 
Regarding Richard Trevithick.
Richard Trevithick Marker - Wide View, Looking North on Gower Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 11, 2017
2. Richard Trevithick Marker - Wide View, Looking North on Gower Street
The marker is visible here just behind the bus stop.
The "close to this place" location that is indicated on the marker would be situated approximately 150-250 meters to the north or northeast, in the area of the Euston Square Station or Euston Square Gardens.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richard Trevithick (Wikipedia). "Richard Trevithick (13 April 1771 – 22 April 1833) was a British inventor and mining engineer from Cornwall, England. The son of a mining captain, and born in the mining heartland of Cornwall, Trevithick was immersed in mining and engineering from an early age. He performed poorly in school, but went on to be an early pioneer of steam-powered road and rail transport. His most significant contribution was the development of the first high-pressure steam engine. He also built the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive. On 21 February 1804 the world's first locomotive-hauled railway journey took place as Trevithick's unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales." (Submitted on November 16, 2017.) 

2. Richard Trevithick (Famous Inventors). "Richard Trevithick was a British engineer of the eighteenth century, widely believed to have invented the world’s first steam locomotive....One version of his locomotive was named “Catch Me Who Can”; this was developed in 1808 and ran on a circular track in Euston Square, London at the speed of 12 miles per hour. Trevithick charged one shilling per passenger for a trip on his locomotive. However, this venture did not last long as the locomotive proved to be too heavy for the track and kept getting derailed...." (Submitted on November 16, 2017.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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