Today the exciting heritage drama ‘Steam’ – telling the story of Richard Trevithick, the world’s first steam railway locomotive and the iron workers of Merthyr Tydfil – was staged brilliantly at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.
At the same time Merthyr Tydfil Heritage Regeneration Trust announced proposals for a Trevithick heritage railway that could be sited at the historic Cyfarthfa Ironworks furnaces.
The heritage trust commissioned ‘Steam’ – and the new costumed drama was performed by the students today (Monday, 2nd June 2014) in a lunchtime performance sponsored by Huw Lewis, AM for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
Created by the students at REDHOUSE, the Old Town Hall, Merthyr Tydfil, ‘Steam’ tells the story of how Richard Trevithick came to Merthyr Tydfil and built his pioneering Penydarren Locomotive, It became the first steam engine to haul a load on rails when he drove it for nine and a half miles along the Merthyr Tramroad from Penydarren to Abercynon in 1804.
At the Senedd, Morgan Chambers, Chairman of the heritage regeneration trust, said:
“Students from The College Merthyr Tydfil have created a brilliant short drama. More than that, they have been on a journey back to 1804 and discovered the industrial heritage of Merthyr Tydfil they knew little or nothing about.
“At the trust, we are excited about how these young people have embraced our Trevithick Project. So today, we are announcing the next stage – promoting plans for a new heritage railway in Merthyr Tydfil at the Cyfarthfa Furnaces – itself an historic site of world significance whose potential has been overlooked for too many years.”
Today also saw the launch of ‘Iron and Steam’ – a new five minute video filmed by The College Merthyr Tydfil and also commissioned by the heritage trust as part of its ‘Trevithick 2014’ project.
You can watch ‘Iron and Steam’ at AOTV on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/89536265.