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Timeline: Steam Road Vehicles

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A list of the events associated with steam driven road vehicles in chronological order

1769 and 1771 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot: Fardier à vapeur (three-wheeled steam road vehicles)

1781 William Murdoch and his model steam carriage

1786 William Symington Built a steam carriage that was exhibited in Edinburgh

1801 Richard Trevithick produces the Puffing Devil

1810 George Medhurst had designed and built a steam carriage

1814 Thomas Tudal of York, took out patents for a steam carriage

1818 Mr. Webster lectures and demonstrates a working model of a steam carriage [1] [2]

c1820 David Napier builds a steam carriage for passenger hire

1820 George Medhurst demonstrated his steam carriage at Paddington

1821 A cotton-spinner of Ardwick near Manchester builds a steam carriage [3]

1822 Julius Griffith builds a steam carriage [4]

1822 'The Technical Repository' publishes an article on a 'patent steam carriage' [5]

1822 'The Kaleidoscope' to publish an article on a steam carriage

1824 David Gordon of London patents a steam locomotive carriage

1824 Henry Bell. Claims that he constructed a steam carriage for the road but the high-pressure engine was suppressed by parliament [6]

1824 Mr. James, an engineer form Birmingham, takes out a patent for a steam carriage for highways [7]

1824 Mr. Gough trials a steam carriage on the Stockport Road, Manchester. First trials were two years previous. Factory collapses in October. [8] [9]

1824 Letter explaining why a steam road carriage will nor work [10] [11]

1825 Matthew Broemark, a mathematician of Denmark drives a steam carriage with passengers to Copenhagen [12] [13]

1825 John Seaward and his brother Samuel Seaward granted a patent for 'propelling locomotive engines, vehicles, and other carriages...a steam-engine'

1825 Josiah Easton of Bradford patents a locomotive steam carriage

1825 Patent Steam Carriage Co formed and shares issued

1826 Timothy Burstall with trials of a steam carriage

1827 James Neville of Shad Thames patents a steam carriage

1828 Samuel Brown (of Brompton) applied a gas vacuum engine for carriages

1829 Goldsworthy Gurney travels from Bath to London and back in his steam carriage

1829 Walter Hancock runs a steam bus between Fulham and Brompton

1831 William Muir constructs a steam carriage for Maudslay, Sons and Field

1831 Summers and Ogle ran a steam carriage from Southampton to London

1831 James Stone runs steam carriages in Gloucester area

1832 London and Birmingham Steam Carriage Co formed around the designs of William Church

1832 Incorporated General Steam Carriage Co formed

1833 Charles Dance runs a steam carriage service between Cheltenham and Gloucester and later from London to Brighton

1833 Francis Maceroni and John Squire ran a steam carriage between Paddington and Edgware

1833 London and Paddington Steam Carriage Co with D. Redmund in existence

1833 Birmingham General Steam Carriage Co formed

1835 John Scott Russell designs and has built a 26-seat steam coach

1841 Hills's Patent Steam Coach ran between Deptford and Sevenoaks

1844 General Steam Carriage Co formed

1862 Yarrow and Hilditch build an 11-seater steam carriage

1868 John Henry Knight built a 3-seat steam driven vehicle

1898 Mann's patent steam cart made by Mann and Charlesworth

1899 Steam Wagon and Carriage Works

1900 The first Foden steam lorry was produced

1901 Simpson and Bibby's steam wagon - the company later became Sentinel, maker of steam wagons

1901 Yorkshire Patent Steam Wagon Co

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Friday, Mar 27, 1818
  2. The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, March 27, 1819
  3. The Times, Monday, Nov 05, 1821
  4. The Leeds Mercury, Saturday, October 5, 1822
  5. The Morning Post, Monday, May 13, 1822
  6. Liverpool Mercury etc, Friday, November 5, 1824
  7. Berrow's Worcester Journal, Thursday, July 08, 1824
  8. The Morning Post, Wednesday, September 15, 1824
  9. The Morning Chronicle, Saturday, October 16, 1824
  10. The Morning Post, Thursday, November 18, 1824
  11. Liverpool Mercury etc, Friday, January 7, 1825
  12. The Morning Post, Tuesday, May 10, 1825
  13. The Times, Tuesday, May 10, 1825


News vault for 'steam carriage' to 1st July 1826 (Gurney)