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Richard Trevithick's Puffing Devil:
Minions Phoenix 100 Day

On the 10th June 2009, a week of events called Phoenix 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, visited the 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 "Camborne Hill".

Minions Phoenix 100 day
The Puffing Devil at Minions "Phoenix 100" Day

The Burrel Road Locomotive Traction Engine Janet at Minions
The Burrel Road Locomotive "Janet" - or "Traction Engine" at Minions

Puffing Devil
The Puffing Devil - or "Captain Dick's Puffer" as the original was nick-named

Puffing Devil
Even good at three-point-turns!

Puffing Devil
...and off again.

Puffing Devil
It takes a full crew of four to drive this engine - no back-seat drivers, just co-ordination!

Puffing Devil
...as long as you stay within the speed limit of course.

Puffing Devil
The Puffing Devil at rest

Puffing Devil
The footplate - or the rear one anyway... the fuel goes in the front end.

Puffing Devil
The pistons

Puffing Devil model
A miniature model on show of the Puffing Devil

Puffing Devil model
The model

Puffing Devil
The Puffing Devil off once again for another run through the village

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