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Pen-y-Darren

On 21 February 1804, the world’s first self propelling locomotive, the Pen-y-Darren, ran along the Merthyr Tydfil treatment road from Pen-y-Darren to Abercynon a distance of 9.75 miles(16 kilometres). The Pen-y-Darren was based on a 1802, high-pressure steam engines which had been built by Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick to drive a hammer at the Pen-y-Darren …

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Metropolitan Railway

The Metropolitan Railway (also known as the Met opened on 10January 1863 between Farringdon Station and London Paddington Station. It served London from 1863 to 1933, its main line heading north-west from the capital’s financial heart in the City to what were to become the Middlesex suburbs. Its first line connected the main-line railway termini …

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Fred Dibnah

Charismatic Engineer, Steeplejack and British television personality Fred Dibnah sadly passed away from cancer at Bolton Hospice in November 7 2004, aged 66. Born 29th April 1938, As a child, Dibnah was fascinated by the steam engines which powered the many textile mills in his home town of Bolton and developed a keen interest in …

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Sir John Fowler KCMG LLD

English civil engineer Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet KCMG LLD was born 15 July 1817. in Wadsley, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, to land surveyor John Fowler and his wife Elizabeth (née Swann). He was educated privately at Whitley Hall near Ecclesfield. He trained under John Towlerton Leather, engineer of the Sheffield waterworks, and with Leather’s uncle, …

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Rally in the Valley

This years annual Rally in the Valley takes place on 16 and 17 July 2016 at the Edgar Davies Rugby Ground in Bridgnorth. The Rally in the Valley first began in 2008 as the public launch of the Trevithick Replica Engine CATCH ME WHO CAN, which was being built at the Severn Valley Railway, Bridgnorth …

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Thomas Savery

On 2 July 1698, English inventor Thomas Savery patented an early steam engine for raising water and occasioning motion to all sorts of mill work by the impellent force of fire, which will be of great use and advantage for draining mines, serving towns with water, and for the working of all sorts of mills …

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Severn Valley Railway 1940’s Weekend

This year the ever popular Severn Valley Railway 1940′s weekend takes place between June 25th & 26th, and July 2nd & 3rd. There will again be Costumed re-enactors roaming the stations and in our trains helping to tell the wartime story! Winston Churchill, The King and General Montgomery will also be travelling on trains. There …

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Reverend W.Audry OBE

English cleric, railway enthusiast and children’s author Wilbert Vere Awdry, OBE was born 15th June 1911 better known as the Reverend W. Awdry and creator of Thomas the Tank Engine, who starred in Awdry’s acclaimed Railway Series. Awdry was born at Ampfield vicarage near Romsey, Hampshire in 1911In 1917 the family moved to Box, in …

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George Stephenson

English civil engineer and mechanical engineer George Stephenson was born on 9 June 1781. He is credited with building the first public railway line in the world to use steam locomotives. Renowned as being the “Father of Railways”, the Victorians considered him a great example of diligent application and thirst for improvement, with self-help advocate …

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City of Truro

On the 9th May 1904, The steam locomotive City of Truro unofficially becomes the first steam engine in Europe to exceed 100 mph (160 km/h). GWR 3440 (3717) City Of Truro is a Great Western Railway (GWR) 3700 (or ‘City’) Class 4-4-0 locomotive, designed by George Jackson Churchward and built at the GWR Swindon Works …

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