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The History of Trains
Transcript of The History of Trains
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The first trains, called rutways, were used in ancient Greece and Rome. Diolkos was the most important train of that time. The trackway went through the Isthmus of Corinth. The train was open to everyone if they paid which caused it to because a public train.
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The first steam engine tramway locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick. The train hauled 10 tons of iron, 70 men, and 5 extra wagons for 9 miles on February 22, 1804.
John Stevens built the first locomotive to run on rails in America. It was operated experimentally on a half-mile circular track in Hoboken, New Jersey.
In 1826, Gridley Bryant opened Gridley Bryant's Granite Railway in Quincy, Massachusetts. He used it to move granite to workers who would use the granite to build the Bunker Hill Monument. Horses provided the moving power.
The first steam train of the world was created in 1831. It ran in New York and was pulled by the locomotive DeWitt Clinton.
In 1832 the first ever recorded train crash occurred in Quincy Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. The crash occurred when a cable on a vacant car snapped on a return trip on the Granite Railway. Four people were thrown off the train. One person was killed the other three were seriously injured.
In 1863, London created the first successful underground railway. Because of it's success , we still use this technology today. We call these railroads, subways.
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The First Transcontinental Railroad in the United States was built in the 1860s. It connected California and the Eastern Coast. It was completed and in use on May 10th, 1869.
In 1937, German inventor Hermann Kemper created a train system that used magnetic levitation, called Maglev, it was the begining of the future of trains.
The first ever bullet train was introduced to the world in 1964. Made in Japan, it traveled between Tokyo and Osaka with the average speed of 160km/h.
London's underground train system switched to electric trains in the 1890's. This switch started the era of now known subways.
The Shanghai metro network has gained the title as the world’s longest train system in 2010, just 15 years after its first segment opened.
One of the best trains of the 1970s was introduced in France. It was the TGV bullet train. It's average traveling speed of 132mph and top speed of 186mph and is still in use today.
The first public electric tram line opened in Berlin. It was introduced at the Berlin trade fair by Werner von Siemens. The locomotive went at a speed of 7 km/h. It was going to take a 4 month trip through Berlin. Around 86,000 passengers eventually dared to take a trip on one of the three cars during the four-month fair.
In the future Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will be the fuel of the future. It is non-toxic, colorless, and odorless. It takes up 1/600th of natural gas in liquified state.