Monthly Archives: January 2014

Trevithick Day – we’re talking to Merthyr Business Club

Only 38 days to go to Trevithick Day and the 210th anniversary of a world-changing event  – Richard Trevithick’s epic steam locomotive journey from the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil to Abercynon.

This as an opportunity to tell the special story of how the ironworks forged the community of Merthyr Tydfil. That changed Wales.

The invention, building and testing of a steam locomotive in Merthyr Tydfil by Richard Trevithick led to the birth of the railways. It changed the world.


A memorial to Richard Trevithick and his Penydarren Locomotive at Pontmorlais, Merthyr Tydfil – close to the old tramroad where the steam engine ran on 21st February 1804

Today we are sharing the latest news of our project with the Merthyr Business Club.

Telling them they can join in on Trevithick Day – we’ll be posting more about that very soon.

But we also have the news that the Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Regeneration Trust is investigating the feasibility of building a working replica of Trevithick’s Penydarren Locomotive to run on rails here.

Celebrating our heritage

On 21st February we will be linking up with The College Merthyr Tydfil to stage a dramatic re-enactment of scenes from the ironworks of 1804.

Trevithick Day 2014 aims to raise the profile of Merthyr Tydfil – and help change perceptions as well. It will be a reminder that Merthyr Tydfil can be a special place to visit –  the place where the railways were born. We have unique heritage sites and buildings that have the potential to amaze visitors.

One example of this is the Trevithick Trail. It follows in the tracks of Trevithick’s first ever steam railway journey of nine and a half miles along the old Merthyr Tramroad.

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Some of the old stone setts (sleepers) are still in place on the old Merthyr Tramroad. Heritage Trust Chairman Morgan Chambers on a Trevithick Day 2013 stroll.

This is just the start. We hope that local businesses and organisations recognise the importance of Trevithick Day 2014 as we plan to make this an annual event.