Who Invented the Train?

Who Invented the Train?

The history of the train will show that Richard Trevithick made the first steam tramway locomotive in 1804. In 1814, George Stephenson created the Blucher, the first steam locomotive meant for railway use. Early History of Railways Records show that as far back as 1550, the Germans had already built rails. However these were called wagonways and constructed of wood. By 1776, the wood rails had been replaced by iron. Instead of horses, wheels were now used to push the charts. Eventually these wagonways became tramways. It wasn’t long before it spread throughout Europe. In 1789 William Jessop of the UK created a wagon with flanged wheels. This was crucial in the history of the train; the design allowed the wheels to move securely along the rails. The Invention of the Steam Engine As stated, it was Trevithick who built the tramway steam locomotive. It was first run on February 22, 1804. The machine was able to carry a 10 ton load. The load consisted of 70 people, some wagons and iron pieces. It traveled 9 miles, which took two hours. This took place in South Wales. Stephenson’s invention came soon after. He had a great role in adoption and further development of the steam locomotive. In 1825, Stockton & Darlington Railroad Company began carrying people and merchandise. They were also the first to have train rides on a regular schedule. Their locomotives were based on the work of Stephenson. It was able to carry about 450 people at 9 mph. Railways in the United States Colonel John Stevens is considered to be the founder of American railways and railroads. In 1826 he showed it was possible for locomotives to move around circular rails. In 1815 he was given...
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