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Richard Trevithick's Penydarren Locomotive

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the running of the words first steam locomotive.

Written by Jim O'Connor

No one does a better job of preserving their railway heritage than the British. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the running of the world's first steam locomotive - Richard Trevithick's "Penydarren" locomotive, in addition, it’s the 100th anniversary of City of Truro's 100 mph (162 km/h) run. 2004 is also being the 400 anniversary of the first recorded tramway in Britain, the National Railway Museum will be presenting  RAILFEST 2004.

Over one hundred locomotives, RAILFEST 2004 will offer rides (including behind City of Truro and the replica Rocket), demonstrations - including the replica Penydarren engine, examples of the latest rail vehicles, access to cabs and footplates (steam cabs), a vintage fair, other vintage machinery, theater, music, film, model engineering and sales of railway memorabilia.

RAILFEST 2004 will take place in York on a site specially prepared for the event. Located along side UK’s National railway museum. The NRM is considered by many to be the best rail transport museum in the world.  It was the winner of the "European Museum of the Year" award.

Live Steam Sized Railways will be represented at RAILFEST 2004.  Included will be the 2 ft gauge - FR Prince and the world's oldest bogie carriage (Ffestiniog Railway), 2ft gauge - WW1 armoured Simplex locomotive (Ffestiniog Railway), 15 inch gauge - Sutton Collection locomotives and train (Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway), 5" & 7.25" gauge locomotives and display (York & District Society of Model Engineers)

In 1829 the Rocket won the Rainhill trials that established Stephenson as the foremost builder of railway locomotives in England.

Class 55 ‘Deltic’ at Kings Cross station.

Japan's Bullet Train exhibit

RAILFEST 2004 will begin May 29, 2004 and end June 6, 2004. The National Railway Museum is located on Leeman Road in the city of York in the United Kingdom.  The nine-day festival will be celebrateing the past, present and future of rail transport in the UK and the World.


Written by Jim O'Connor

Thanks to the National Railway Museum


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