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History of Train

From The Start to 1899
  • 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.
From 1900 to 1999
  • 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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