VIEW-18859.0 | G. T. R. engine "Trevithick", detail of Victoria Bridge paste-up, Montreal, QC, 1859

 
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G. T. R. engine "Trevithick", detail of Victoria Bridge paste-up, Montreal, QC, 1859
William Notman (1826-1891)
1919-1920, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
27 x 35 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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This locomotive, dubbed the "Trevithick," pulled the train that transported the Prince of Wales to Montreal, where he inaugurated the Victoria Bridge in 1860. This was the first locomotive built in the workshops of the Grand Trunk Railway in Point St. Charles.

This locomotive was named after Richard Trevithick (1771-1833), the inventor of the steam locomotive. Trevithick was born in Illogan, Cornwall (England) on April 13, 1771. He worked under his father in a mine, and soon developed a great facility for engineering. After having improved on the Bull steam engine, he was promoted to the position of chief engineer at the Ding Dong Mine in Penzance. Numerous inventions have been attributed to Trevithick; they include the steam car, the steam barge, and the propeller.