Woodcut with letterpress description of Gurney's steam carriage. 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 successfully travelled from Bath to London and back at a sustained speed of 15 mph in a steam carriage. His plans for a regular passenger service using steam-driven road vehicles came to nothing however, as the powerful operators of horse-drawn passenger transport joined forces to ensure that Gurney was forced out of business. Printed by J Catnach, 2 Monmouth Court, Seven Dials, London.
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