Plaque: Richard Trevithick
Erection date: 23/4/1934
Close to this place Richard Trevithick, born 1771 - died 1833, pioneer of high pressure steam, ran in the year 1808 the first steam locomotive to draw passengers.
Erected by the Trevithick Centenary Memorial Committee.
The world’s first passenger-carrying railway was opened in Euston Square, or possibly Gower Street. It went round in a circle and cost a shilling per go.
2020: Alamy have a photo of this memorial with the sculptor (see his page), captioned: "Mr Oliver Stanley to unveil memorial to Richard Trevithick at University College . Mr Oliver Stanley will unveil a memorial tablet at the University College London , to the memory of Richad Treithick , the pioneer in high pressure steam engines , who ran his first steam engine in 1808 , the memorial is the work of Mr L S Merrifield , the sculptor . Photo shows , Mr L S Merrifield putting the finishing touches to the memorial , which be unveiled at the University College today . 23 April 1934".
At the time of the unveiling Stanley was the Minister for Transport.
Site: Richard Trevithick (1 memorial)
WC1, Gower Street