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Transcript of Trains
Steam Power! ~The Early 1800's
In the early 1800's , steam engines were used in locomotives to pull trains more quickly along smoother, stronger tracks (apposed to being pushed by people or animals). Trains began to carry passengers.
Electric Power ~1879
Diesel Power! ~1892
The diesel engine was invented by a German engineer, Rudolf Diesel in 1892. The diesel is burned to drive a generator which makes electricity. (The diesel train was introduced in the 1930's).
The Maglev Train ~2004
The Maglev train works by magnetic levitation, it has no wheels. It is pulled along above by the metal rails by magnets fitted to both the train and the track. The are the fastest passenger carrying vehicle.
By John, Marco, and Matthew
Electricity was first used to power trains in 1879. Power came from overhead cables, or from electricity.
First Concept! ~1550
The first trains were pulled by people or animals, and were used in mines to transport coal. The roads of rails called wagon ways were being used in Germany. The Wagon ways were the beginnings of modern railroads
Early Design ~1630
The First Automatic Air Brake ~ 1872
In 1872, George Westinghouse patented his first automatic air brake which became the primary air brake for all future trains!
The Bullet Train-1964
This Japanese train traveled between Tokyo and Osaka with its average speed of 160 km/h (100 m/h)
The EMC Train~1935
The EMC builds #511 and #512. They are the first self-contained Diesel-electric passenger locomotives in the United States and was designed Dick Dilworth.
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Breaking a world record ~1987
In 1987, British Rail's High Speed Train (or the HTS) breaks the World Record for diesel powered train with a staggering speed of 238 km/h!
World's largest urban transit system ~2010
In 2010 the Shanghai Metro, with 420m lines and 278 stations, became the world's largest urban transit system.
Where are we now?
Modern trains are used as cheap transport around the world. Most trains (including public trains) mostly move over 100 m/h. Also, most modern trains are run on diesel and electric power.
What's the future of trains?
The future of trains is the Maglev train. Even though some countries already posses this technology, some are seeming to improve it by cranking up the speed from 500km/h to over 1000km/h. Future engineers also hypothesize that these trains will be used to launch space shuttles!
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