Trevithick's High Pressure Steam Engine and Boiler, c. 1806

1805-1806 in Bridgnorth
Richard Trevithick

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Trevithick's high pressure steam engine, c 1805. Front view. March 1926.
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Trevithick high pressure stationary engine built by "Hazledine & Co., Bridgnorth", no. 14, c. 1806, with timber staging

Trevithick high pressure stationary engine, three horsepower, c. 1805. In 1802 Richard Trevithick and Andrew Vivian obtained a patent for high-pressure, non-condensing engines. Trevithick went on to develop this particular engine three years afterwards, which used steam pressures of approximately 50 pounds per square inch. It was built by Hazledine & Co of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who had a reputation for high-quality work. Previously, all steam engines were low pressure machines with a small power output in relation to their size. High pressure engines were more compact than their predecessors, making the application of steam in the form of railway locomotives practicable.

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cast iron, complete and wrought iron
steam engines
British Railways Board Records Office; London, Midland & Scottish Railway

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