Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach, 1827.
2 9 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Goldsworthy Gurney steam coach, 1827.

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Scale model. Influenced by meeting Richard Trevithick, the pioneer of steam propulsion, Cornishman Sir Goldsworthy Gurney (1793-1875) built a steam-powered road vehicle himself in 1823. In 1829, he succesfully travelled from Bath to London and back at a sustained speed of 15 mph in a steam carriage. His plans for a regular pasenger service using steam-driven road vehicles came to nothing however, as the powerful operators of horse-drawn pasenger transport joined forces to ensure that Gurney was forced out of busines.

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