Saturday 28 April 2001 - Trevithick Day in Camborne ...
Trelowarren Street
Today was Trevithick Day in Camborne, where celebrations are held annually on the last Saturday in April in honour of Camborne's most famous son, the inventor Richard Trevithick.  This was the crowd in Trelowarren Street this afternoon.
 
Commercial Square
Commercial Square
 
Trelowarren Street
The parade of steam traction engines, steam rollers and steam trucks in Trelowarren Street
 
Pipers
Bagpipes and drums entertaining the crowd in Commercial Square.
 
Trevenson Street
The parade of steam engines continuing along Trevenson Street.
 
Trevenson Street
This parade was billed as the largest urban steam event in the world.
 
Richard Trevithick
Richard Trevithick was born in Illogan in 1771. By 1796 he had developed models of high-pressure, non-condensing steam engines, which were an improvement on the low-pressure engines built by the Scottish inventor James Watt. The first steam-propelled vehicle ever to carry passengers, built by Trevithick, ran on Christmas Eve 1801. It unfortunately ran out of steam half way up Tehidy Road and rolled back down to the bottom of the hill. This event is recalled in the Cornish song, "Going Up Camborne Hill, Coming Down". This year, being the 200th anniversary of that famous journey, the Trevithick Day celebrations have been especially well publicised and supported.

1804 saw the first instance of a steam powered locomotive hauling loads on a railway when a Trevithick steam locomotive with four driving wheels carried 10 tons of iron about 9 miles from Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon in Wales. Trevithick successfully constructed further steam locomotives running on rails and he is considered by many to be the inventor of the steam locomotive. He also invented a steam-powered lift, dredger and threshing machine

He spent 11 years working in Peruvian silver mines before returning to Cornwall. Richard Trevithick is buried in an unmarked grave at Dartford, Kent, where he was working when he died in 1833.

 
Plaque
 
Trevithick Replica Steam Car
Here is the recently constructed working replica of Trevithick's steam road locomotive in Trevenson Street.
 
Trevithick Replica Steam Car
The locomotive was attracting a lot of attention and it took some persevering to get these photographs.
 
Trevithick Replica Steam Car
Just after I had taken this photo, the driver opened the regulator and I was showered with a mixture of sooty water, steam and coal dust!

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