Rick's Reviews: 1/38 Minicraft 1804 Trevithick Steam Locomotive
Legends of Railroading series
In 1804 the first successful load carrying journey was carried out by a steam engine running on rails, designed by Richard Trevithick. On February 13th, the un-named engine carried five coaches from Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon in South Wales pulling five carriages containing 10 tons of iron and 70 men almost 10 miles in just over 4 hours at a painfully slow average speed of 2.4mph. in doing so, he ushered in a new age of travel, and won himself a wager of £500 - an astronomical sum in those days.
The engine ran on a continuous L-profiled metal track with an undulating vertical face, and relied on the weight of the engine to provide traction between the wheels and rails, rather than the previous wisdom that insisted that gears interfacing with the track would be the only way to climb an incline.