History of Train
Types of Railroad
How Railroad Works
Riding the Rails
Super Speed Train
History of Train
From The Start to 1899
From 1900 to 1999
- In 1804 the very first steam locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick.
- In 1829 the Rainhill trails were held.
- The winner was the Rocket, who was built by George and Robert Stephenson.
- The Manchester and Liverpool railway was opened in 1830.
- Three months later in America the first train steamed along a line in South Caralina.
- It was called the Best Friend of Charleston, which was bulit in New York.
- In 1835, railroads were being built in 11 states and about 1650 kilometers of track were already in use.
- By 1838 the Manchester and Liverpool railway extended all the way up to London.
- The continent of America was crossed in 1869 on 10 May. Two groups of workers started at each side and met at Promontory in Utah.
- The Orient Express was opened in 1883 and it ran from Paris to Istanbul.
- On the turn of the century the Trans-Siberian Railway was working with trains running form Moscow to Irkutsk.
- Sixteen years later the line went from Moscow to Vladivostok.
- By 1917 railroads had also crossed Austalia, but there were many different gauges.
- It took four years to cross the Nullarbor Plain desert. This is the longest stretch of straight track in the world, 478 kilometers with no curves at all!
- Mallard, a streamlined A4-class 4-6-2 Pacific engine, broke the world-record speed for a steam train of 203 kilometers per hour, in 1938.
- In 1940 Santa Fe in the United States opened the worlds first regular frieght service pulled by diesel-electric locomotives.
- Between 1941 and 1944 Union Pacific bulit 25 Big-Boys, they are the largest and heaviest steam engines ever built.
- By 1955 railroads in America were almost completely powerd by diesel.
- In 1968 the Evening Star, the last steam locomotive in service was remove.
- The longestest frieght train in the world was in South Africa. It was more than seven kilometers long and consisted of 660 wagons.
- In 1994 the Channel Tunnel opened. It connects England and France.
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