The Murdoch Flyer began the steam power revolution that took the world by storm. You can see a working replica today in Redruth.
The Murdoch Flyer Project, formed in March 2000, promotes the life and inventions of William Murdoch by constructing conjectural replicas of his steam driven carriage. William Murdoch was the first to invent a steam-powered road vehicle, and he did this in Redruth working out of Murdoch House in Cross Street. Due to the lack of records, the locomotive design is based on Murdoch`s model steam carriage of 1784 and other information resulting from research carried out by members. Construction is as authentic as possible and the conjectural replicas have been displayed as static exhibits and under steam and promote the town of Redruth as the birthplace of steam driven road transportation.
The full-size working replica was constructed by project members 2004 – 2007. It has been on static display, and occasionally in steam, at selected Cornish steam rallies and in Redruth on Murdoch Day. See the Murdoch Flyer at the Moseley Toy and Train Museum. For the Murdoch flyer website, see here.