1771, Apr 131833, Apr 22
a British inventor and mining engineer from Cornwall, England. His most significant contribution was the development of the first high-pressure steam engine. He also built the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive. On 21 February 1804 the world's first locomotive-hauled railway journey took place as Trevithick's unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks, in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.
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12/24/1801-British inventor Richard Trevithick introduces his "Puffing Devil," the first steam-powered passenger vehicle
02/21/1804-First locomotive, Richard Trevithick's, runs for first time, in Wales 
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