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The locomotive represented by this conjectural model (scale 1:11) was designed by the Cornish engineer and locomotive builder Richard Trevithick (1771-1833). It was built at the Hazledine foundry at Bridgnorth, Shropshire and weighed eight tons. 'Catch-Me-Who-Can' ran on a demonstration circular track at a 'steam circus' established by Trevithick in Euston Square in London between July and September 1808. For a charge of one shilling, members of the public could ride on a carriage pulled by the locomotive. The ride, which was capable of travelling at speeds of up to 12 mph, was popular with the London public, but the weight of the locomotive broke the rails, and it closed after two months.