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Trevithick 2004 Celebrations

The opening of the Trevithick Trail is the culmination of a large number of events held to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first steam locomotive to haul a load on rails. The organising group first met in September 2001 and soon drew up a schedule of projects and events for the celebration.

Monument Two of the larger schemes – the construction of a working replica to be kept in Merthyr Tydfil and the opening-up part of Trevithick’s Tunnel as an Heritage Centre – did not receive the required grant funding so were not proceeded with, but other large schemes did get the go-ahead.

Apart from the Trevithick Trail, by far the largest project was the operation of an Exhibition Centre on the site of the Penydarren Ironworks housing the replica of the Penydarren locomotive and other exhibits for a period of four months during the summer and early autumn of 2004.

Many visitors from all over the world enjoyed visiting the centre. Another large event was the Transport Festival held in the Town Centre at the beginning of July. Details and photographs of these events are being archived in the website formerly used to publicise the events www.trevithick2004.co.uk and will become a lasting record of Merthyr Tydfil’s tribute to Richard Trevithick.