Life of Richard Trevithick: With an Account of His Inventions

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
Cornishman Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) was one of the pioneering engineers of the Industrial Revolution. Best remembered today for his early railway locomotive, Trevithick worked on a wide range of projects, including mines, mills, dredging machinery, a tunnel under the Thames, military engineering, and prospecting in South America. However, his difficult personality and financial failures caused him to be overshadowed by contemporaries such as Robert Stephenson and James Watt. This two-volume study by his son Francis, chief engineer with the London and North-Western Railway, was published in 1872, and helped to revive his neglected reputation. It places its subject in his historical and technical context, building on the work of his father, Richard Trevithick Senior, and the Cornish mining industry. It contains much technical detail, but is still of interest to the general reader. Volume 1 covers his predecessors, and early life, before examining his work thematically.
 

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Contents

Early Cornish Engines
1
RICHARD TREVITHICK Frontispiece
8
CHAPTER II
49
Cooks Kitchen Waterwheel and Valley Smiths Shop
51
CHAPTER V
67
Wheal Druid Doubleacting Waterpressure Engine
76
CHAPTER VI
90
Trevithicks locomotive model 1796Kensington Museum model 1798
103
Team and Railway Locomotives
162
Partnership and Early Highpressure Engines
221
Highpressure Steamdredger
239
Meeting of directors 1805Mr Bennie and Mr Chapman consulted
249
Saving of space Pure waterFirst idea of iron tanks 1808Iron tanks
285
Ships of Wood and Ieon
305
CHAPTER XV
319
Locomotive steamcrane 1804Proposed steam fireship 1804 Steamboat
363

First Passengercarrying Common Road Locomotive
127
CHAPTER VIII
128
Upright tubular boilerBecoil engine 1815 ScrewpropellerBoilertest
381
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