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Chronology:    Bargery Number | Main Themes:
1800-04   051 | Speed compared with horse-drawn vehicles
1805-19   | Risk of boiler explosions
1820-24 271 |  
1825-29 267; 624; 625 |  
1830-34 729 |  
1835-39 099; 542 |  
1840-44   |  
1845-49   |  
Uncertain  557 |  




At the beginning of the 19th century it was by no means obvious that the railway would become the dominant form of land transport. During the first quarter of the century several attempts were made to establish steam powered road vehicles. (See bar051 Camborne Hill). By 1825 the volume of road traffic was increasing, the condition of the roads was improving, the government had been investing in road building and the economic situation made alternatives to horse power attractive. The stage was set for the entry of the steam carriage as a commercial enterprise.


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Steam Coach

bar624: Dates ----~1828|

A young woman persuades her wealthy parents to pay her to take a pleasure ride on the new steam coach

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My Grandfather's Days

bar542: Dates 1836~----|

A general complaint about political changes and new technology includes references to steam coaches and railways.

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Camborne Hill

bar051: Dates ----~1803|

Richard Trevithick's "Puffing Devil"

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Connaughtman's Adventures in Dublin

bar613: Dates 1835~----|

A country man where he cheated out of money and clothes by a young woman and her accomplices. Mentions a steam coach.

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Dublin Steam Coach

bar099: Dates 1835~1835|

A visitor to Dublin sees the first railway in Ireland and also the road steam coach Erin. [099Synopsis] 

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London sights

bar625: Dates ----~1828|

A countryman is impressed by London including Gurney's steam coach. [625Synopsis] 

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New Invented Steam Carriage

bar267: Dates 1827~1828|

Immediate reaction to the steam coach and its impact upon stage coaches.

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New Steam Carriage Blown Up, The

bar271: Dates 1823~----|

The dangers of travelling by steam coach

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Steam carriages by land

bar557: Dates ----~----|

Fragment noting the arrival of the steam coach.

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bar729: Dates 1831~1839|

Refers to a steam coach as a "Gurney" after the engineer Goldsworthy Gurney.

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