Richard Trevithick. This fact sheet is based one of the most famous engineers in history, Richard Trevithick. Who was Richard Trevithick? 1801: Richard Trevithick was a Richard Trevithick produced very famous engineer who invented a large road steam engine that he the very first steam engine. He is used to take seven of his friends on very famous and we celebrate his a short journey. It was known as achievements on Trevithick Day! the Puffing Devil. What was his childhood like? 1803: Richard Trevithick was born Richard Trevithick travelled in Illogan in 1771. He went to to London and showed several Camborne School and was more leading scientist his invention, interested in sport than academic including the legendary Humphrey learning. Davy. After many failed attempts, Where did he work after he Vivian&West agreed to finance graduated from school? his experiments. Soon he was Richard Trevithick worked exhibiting his new steam engine in for his father at Wheal Treasury London. However, due to some Mine, where he made a number of difficulties, Vivian&West important improvements to the withdrew from the project. Bull Stream Engine. 1804: What happened next in his life? Richard Trevithick soon Due to his growing talent, found a new sponsor in Samuel he soon got promoted as head Homfray who was the owner of engineer at the Ding Dong Mine Pennydarren Iron Works. A while in Penzance. He worked hard all afterwards he produced the first the time he was there. steam engine to run successfully on When did he start his work on rails. It managed to haul ten steam engines? tonnes of iron, seventy passengers He produced the first steam and five wagons from the engine that worked in 1976. ironworks to Merthyr-Cardiff Cannel. It reached speeds of five miles an hour. However, it only made three journeys, because every Richard Trevithick was a time the cast iron rails broke. Due very famous man and people from to this fact, Samuel Homfray Camborne will always remember abandoned the project. Richard his achievements on Trevithick Trevithick was then employed by Day. Christopher Blackett, who owned By Courteney and Sophie the Wylam Colliery in Northumberland. 1808: Richard Trevithick returned to Cornwall and developed a stem engine he called the Catch Me Who Can. Soon after, he developed a circular railway in Euston Square that was open to the public for one shilling each. It reached speeds of twelve miles per hour. However, the rails broke and it had to stop. He found another job with a company where he was paid six pence for every ton he lifted with the steam dredger. 1816: Richard Trevithick accepted a job as an engineer at a mine in Cornwall. Soon his engines became successful. Richard Trevithick’s Death: Richard Trevithick died in Dartford on the 22nd April 1833 from extreme poverty. His fellow workers managed to raise enough money to pay for his funeral. He was buried in Dartford churchyard.