Richard Trevithick
Selected works
1786 First recorded employment, at Dolcoath Mine in Cornwall
1790-2 (March - March) Engineer at Eastern Stray Park Mine, Cornwall
1795 Introduces fuel-saving improvements on Bull engines at Wheal Treasury and Ding Dong mines, Cornwall
1797 Engineer at Ding Dong Mine
1797 Demonstrates model of high pressure steam locomotive engine
1797-8 Designs and builds two steam whim engines at Cook's Kitchen Mine, Cornwall
1798 Installs an improved Bull engine at Herland Mine
1798 Erects first plunger pole engine at Roskear Mine working by water pressure
1799 Designs and builds first puffer whim engine at Dolcoath Mine
1800 25psi whim engine working expansively at Cook's Kitchen Mine, designs new boiler
1801 Steam locomotive Puffing Devil — first run, up Camborne (Beacon) Hill, Cornwall (Christmas Eve)
1801 Puffing Devil's second run (Christmas Day), to Crane Manor House
1801 Puffing Devil's last run (28th December), engine overheats and is destroyed
1802 (March) Patent no. 2599 on the construction of steam engines to drive steam carriages and other purposes, with Andrew Vivian
1802 (August) Experiments on engine at Coalbrookdale, Derbyshire, raising working pressure to 145 psi
1803 (Spring) Trials of a London Steam Carriage between Leather Lane and Paddington via Oxford Street
1803-7 Works on improvements to a steam-powered dredger on River Thames, London
1806 Steam dredger Blazer, London
1807 Steam dredger Plymouth, London
1804 (February) First time a steam locomotive moves on rails, first trial at Penydarren on 11th February. On 20th there are more trials at Penydarren, locomotive pulling 10 long tons over 2 miles. Final journey from Penydarren to Abercynon, 9.75 miles in 4 hours 5 minutes
1805 Builds a second locomotive at Pipewellgate foundry, Gateshead, with trials in the yard, but it was too heavy for the wooden wagonway at Wylam colliery so was used as a stationary engine at the foundry
1806 Horizontal non-condensing whim engine at Dolcoath Mine
1807-8 Thames Archway Company seeks Trevithick's advice on driving a tunnel under the River Thames from Rotherhithe to Limehouse (Thames Driftway), he completes 317.6m of tunnel and reaches beyond low water at Limehouse side by January 1808 but work is abandoned in February
1808 Catch Me Who Can, Trevithick's third locomotive runs on a purpose-built circular track at Euston Square in July and August, but interest wanes and the track subsides.
1808 (July) Patent no. 3148 for machinery for towing, driving or discharging ships or other vessels of their cargoes, with Robert Dickinson
1808 (October) Patent no. 3172 for stowing ships' cargoes (iron tanks), with Robert Dickinson
1809 (April) Patent no. 3231 for floating docks, iron ships, iron masts, iron buoys, steam engines for ships etc., with Robert Dickinson
1810-12 Develops plunger pole steam engine. First one is installed at Wheal Prosper Mine, working at 100psi
1811 Builds expansive engine at Wheal Prosper Mine working at 40psi
1812 Harnesses his new Cornish boilers to existing engines at Dolcoath Mine and Wheal Prosper
1812 Builds steam engines designed specifically to drive a threshing machine
1812-13 Creates a rock boring machine for the Plymouth Breakwater & Screw Propeller company
1815 High pressure steam engine set to work at Herland Mine
1815 (June and November) Patent no. 3922 for the high pressure steam engine, the plunger pole steam engine, the reaction turbine and the screw propeller for ships
1818 First steam boat fitted with a Trevithick puffer engine
1828-9 Invents closed-cycle steam engine
1830 Invents portable room heater (early form of storage heater), filled with near-boiling water
1831 (February) Patent no.6083 for portable stove
1832 (September) Patent no. 6308, in connection with his closed cycle engine and the employment of superheated steam for locomotion, and jet propulsion of vessels
1832 Joins John Hall in Dartford, possibly to develop marine steam engines, and is working on a reaction turbine. Also designs a ship propelled by water jet
1832 Designs a column to commemorate the Reform Act, with a lift worked by atmospheric pressure (proposal not taken up)
1833 (22nd April) Trevithick dies at Dartford in Kent
All items by Richard Trevithick
Everything built ... 1771 - 1833
portrait of Richard Trevithick  Institution of Civil Engineers

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