Catch Me Who Can
Catch Me Who Can was the fourth and last steam railway locomotive created by Richard Trevithick, (after those at Coalbrookdale, Penydarren ironworks and Wylam colliery). Built in 1808 by Rastrick and Hazledine at their foundry in Bridgnorth, England. It was demonstrated to the public at a "steam circus" organized by Trevithick on a circular track in Bloomsbury, just south of the present-day Euston Square tube station in London.
The locomotive reached a top speed of 12 mph (19 km/h). It proved too heavy, however, for the relatively brittle cast-iron rails then in use and Trevithick closed his exhibition after a broken rail caused a derailment.
The mechanical arrangement of Catch Me Who Can was simpler than the previous locomotives. The horizontal cylinder, flywheel, and geared drive were replaced by a vertical cylinder, still encased within the boiler, driving one pair of wheels directly by means of connecting rods. The boiler was Trevithick's usual return-flue type, with an internal firebox.
A replica is under construction by the Trevithick 200 charity at the Severn Valley Railway workshops, close to the site where the original locomotive was built. As of December 2011, it is sufficiently advanced to turn over when set up on blocks, but not yet to move itself along, and work towards completion continues steadily.
- 1808 - Trevithick's 'Catch me who can' (Incorrectly gives site as Torrington Square instead of UCL Chadwick Building)
- 'Catch-Me-Who-Can', 1808 (Incorrectly gives site as Euston Square instead of UCL Chadwick Building)
- Trevithick's circle - Prof. Nick Tyler UCL
- Cruchley's Plan 1827 site of Trevithick's 1808 steam circus, now underneath the UCL Chadwick Building.
- Bowle's Plan 1806 an earlier plan of the area.
- Richard Trevithick : Cornwall's Pioneer of Steam (Incorrectly gives site as Euston Square instead of UCL Chadwick Building)
- The new 'Catch Me Who Can' replica
- www.steam-circus.info - Compilation of research on the exact location of Steam Circus and some new ideas