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Life of Richard Trevithick

Life of Richard Trevithick
With an Account of his Inventions
2 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: May 2011
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108026697

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  • 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, and 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. Volume 2 includes his work in Peruvian mines.

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    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108026697
    • length: 861 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 51 mm
    • weight: 1.18kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Early Cornish engines
    2. Richard Trevithick, Sen.
    3. Smeaton and Watt
    4. Early life of Trevithick
    5. Plunger-pole pump and water-pressure engine
    6. High-pressure whim-engine
    7. Camborne Common road locomotive
    8. Patent of 1802, and London locomotive
    9. Tram and railway locomotives
    10. Partnership, and early high-pressure engines
    11. High-pressure steam-dredger
    12. Thames driftway
    13. Iron tanks
    14. Ships of wood and iron
    15. Propelling vessels by steam
    16. Recoil engine and tubular boiler
    Index. Volume 2:
    17. Various inventions
    18. Agricultural engines. Loss of papers
    19. Pole steam-engine
    20. The Watt and the Trevithick engines at Dolcoath
    21. Engines for South America
    22. Peru
    23. Costa Rica
    24. Return to England
    25. Gun-carriage. Iron ships
    26. Tubular boiler. Superheating steam. Surface condenser
    27. Heating apparatus. Marine steam-engines. Reform column

  • Author

    Francis Trevithick

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