Richard Trevithick's Puffing Devil:
Minions Phoenix 100 Day
On the 10th June 2009, a
week of events called
100 took place to
celebrate Caradon Hill communities past and present. The celebrations marked the
events of 100 years ago, when on the 10th June
1909 the Prince and Princess of Wales, the future King George V and Queen Mary,
Phoenix United Mine high up on Bodmin Moor, as part of their three day tour of
Cornwall. As a part of these centenary celebrations, the
Trevithick Society brought along their working replica of
Richard Trevithick's "Puffing Devil"
to mark the day itself. The original engine first ran in 1801
in Camborne, and even inspired the famous and rousing Cornish song
The Puffing Devil at Minions "Phoenix 100" Day
The Burrel Road Locomotive "Janet" - or "Traction Engine" at Minions
The Puffing Devil - or "Captain Dick's Puffer" as the original was nick-named
Even good at three-point-turns!
...and off again.
It takes a full crew of four to drive this engine - no back-seat drivers, just co-ordination!
...as long as you stay within the speed limit of course.
The Puffing Devil at rest
The footplate - or the rear one anyway... the fuel goes in the front end.
A miniature model on show of the Puffing Devil
The Puffing Devil off once again for another run through the village
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