Patent Steam Coach, 1828.
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Coloured aquatint, drawn and engraved by H Heath, showing pasengers riding on a steam-powered coach. In 1803 the Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick built a steam carriage capable of travelling at 12 miles per hour. By the 1820s and 1830s, steam coaches were operating between several British cities and towns, but opposition from powerful owners of horse-drawn coach operators led to the government imposing prohibitive tolls and speed restrictions on steam road vehicles, effectively driving them out of busines. Published by S Maunder, 10 Newgate Street, London.