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photoblog image The Coalbrookdale Locomotive

The Coalbrookdale Locomotive


Way back in 1802 Richard Trevithick designed what is perhaps the first steam locomotive to run on rails and it was built by the Coalbrookdale Company, Although of striking design it was not the safest of engines, after running for a short while there was an accident that resulted in an enquiry but it seems to have been hushed up at the time and the locomotive converted into a stationary steam engine.

It ran on "L" shaped rails made from cast iron and these often failed as cast iron was too brittle for the purpose.

Coalbrookdale is the home of the Industrial Revolution where Abraham Darby built his blast furnaces and started the wholesale development of the iron industry. The industry has long gone but, as is usual these days, the site has been converted into a museum, indeed a World Heritage Site, and at Blists Hill there is a Victorian town built around the remains of the furnaces and other industrial buildings.

The full size replica of the Trevithick engine, with some health and safety improvements, was built by GKN Sankey and presented to the museum in 1990 and there it runs up and down a short track on high days and holidays.

The Coalbrookdale Locomotive


Way back in 1802 Richard Trevithick designed what is perhaps the first steam locomotive to run on rails and it was built by the Coalbrookdale Company, Although of striking design it was not the safest of engines, after running for a short while there was an accident that resulted in an enquiry but it seems to have been hushed up at the time and the locomotive converted into a stationary steam engine.

It ran on "L" shaped rails made from cast iron and these often failed as cast iron was too brittle for the purpose.

Coalbrookdale is the home of the Industrial Revolution where Abraham Darby built his blast furnaces and started the wholesale development of the iron industry. The industry has long gone but, as is usual these days, the site has been converted into a museum, indeed a World Heritage Site, and at Blists Hill there is a Victorian town built around the remains of the furnaces and other industrial buildings.

The full size replica of the Trevithick engine, with some health and safety improvements, was built by GKN Sankey and presented to the museum in 1990 and there it runs up and down a short track on high days and holidays.

comments (9)

  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 May 2010, 06:50
Excellent conversion - is it something that includes HDR?

Beautiful old engine as well.
Les Auld: Not HDR Louis but I did use the Topaz suite to provide more detail. Thanks for the comment.
Blists Hill is a great place to visit, and this reminds me it is too long sine I went. The whole area is full of interesting places to visit
Les Auld: It is a fascinating place Bill, well worth visiting. Thanks for the comment.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 May 2010, 08:18
Very interesting Les - this thing even pre-dates my memory!
Les Auld: And mine Chris, thanks for the comment.
A fine shot Les, quite the best I've seen of this I think.
Les Auld: Thanks you Brian, appreciate the comment.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 12 May 2010, 11:18
Great looking machine
Les Auld: Very basic though Vintage, thanks for the comment.
Never seen one before, this is a great shot Lessmile
Les Auld: First time for me as well Linda, thanks for the comment.
totally cool! its nice to see people keeping this stuff active.
Les Auld: It is indeed Charles, thanks for the comment.
I saw a documentory on TV about this..It seems it blew up!..Great picture Les.
Les Auld: There have been a couple Ron, and it did indeed explode. Thanks for the comment.
  • rem_la
  • france
  • 12 May 2010, 22:42
comme sortie d'une autre époque !
Les Auld: It certainly gives that impression, thanks for the comment.

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