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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

John Blenkinsop

Developer of the steam locomotive

On 10 April 1811 Blenkinsop obtained a patent for a new type of locomotive, developing some of the ideas embodied in the engine constructed by Richard Trevithick in 1803, but combining with them a new plan to overcome the presumed lack of adhesion between the engine wheels and smooth rails.

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