Francis Trevithick

Francis Trevithick

Francis Trevithick (son of Richard Trevithick), from Camborne, Cornwall, was one of the first locomotive engineers of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR).


Born in 1812, he began the study of civil engineering around 1832, and by 1840 was employed by the Grand Junction Railway (GJR). [Steam Index (section for Francis).]

His son, Arthur Reginald Trevithick, worked for many years on the LNWR, including several years as assistant locomotive works manager at Crewe. Another son, Frederick Harvey Trevithick, worked for both the Great Western and the Egyptian State Railways and at the latter advanced to Chief Mechanical Engineer. [Steam Index (sections for each son).]

After leaving the LNWR he returned to Cornwall and became factor of the Tehidy estates, of which his Grandfather had been mineral agent in the 18th century. He wrote a biography of his father and, in 1872, had it published. He died at Penzance on 27 October 1877 and was buried there.


* 1840 Appointed resident engineer on the GJR between Birmingham and Crewe
* 1841 Appointed Locomotive Superintendent of the GJR at Edge Hill railway works, Liverpool
* 1843 Transferred to the new works at Crewe as Locomotive Superintendent
* 1846 GJR became part of the LNWR
* 1857 Resigned [LNWR Society (entry for Trevithick, Francis). The resignation was forced as a result of two operating divisions being combined.] from the LNWR

ee also

* LNWR 2-2-2 3020 Cornwall
* Locomotives of the London and North Western Railway


* Allan, Ian. "ABC of British Railways Locomotives", January 1961, part 3, page 58
* London and North Western Railway Society, [ Glossary] , retrieved 2007-10-01
* [ Steam Index] article [ "Richard Trevithick & his successors: son Francis, grandsons Arthur & Frederick"] , retrieved 2007-10-01


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