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Richard Trevithick – Father of the Steam Locomotive – Died on 22 April 1833

Richard Trevithick was a tireless inventor and he constantly developed new ideas. He didn’t feel too bad if things went wrong, but moved forward. The list of his patents is long. Money was a secondary matter to him, and thus it’s not a big surprise that he died as a poor man in 1833. In... Continue Reading →

A Short Story About John Blenkinsop’s Locomotives

According to my source, exactly 210 years ago, on 12 August 1812, John Blenkinsop's locomotives began running on the railway between Middleton and Leeds. The engine was probably Salamanca, at least I would like to think that way. This is a short story about her and her sister engines. Samuel Smiles writes in The Life... Continue Reading →

Thomas Savery and His Pump

Thomas Savery was an important link in the history of inventing a steam engine. He was working with his device at the same time with Denis Papin and Thomas Newcomen. Savery was a military engineer and inventor. He died on 15 May 1715. So, I missed the actual anniversary date of his death a bit,... Continue Reading →

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