Trevithick's original "Catch me who can" was built 200 years ago - at the Hazeldine foundry in Bridgnorth. Now a replica is nearing completion, marking the 200th anniversary. It wasn't quite complete for the "Trevithick 200" rally at Severn Park in Bridgnorth - but it did make a public appearence, along with the replica of Trevithick's pioneering 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive.Trevithick didn't just build railway locomotives - he started with road vehicles. Replicas of two of these were present and in action - the Camborne locomotive of 1801 "Puffing Devil" (we didn't see it move) and the London Steam Carriage of 1803, an amazing machine with 8' diameter wheels and the "coach" high above the machinery. Hancock's (replica) "Enterprise" steam coach of 1832 provided further entertainment, and another (I've been unable to identify it more precisely) 3-wheeled steam-powered machine came trundling in from a run along the main road, much to the consternation of motorists.
Road-going steam vehicles eventually developed along somewhat different lines to those foreseen by Trevithick et al. - into the traction engines and steam rollers that added to the attraction of this event. Not forgetting, of course, that Sentinel of Shrewsbury didn't just make railway locomotives...
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
Video: The replica of the 1802 Coalbrookdale locomotive in action at Ironbridge power station,May 1997