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History of Trains


Trains are used to move passengers or cargo from one place to another. They are mostly powered by electricity or diesel. They were first used to pull only cargo but later they became a mode of transportation for people as well.

The very first steam engine for locomotive was built by a British Engineer George Stephenson in 1814. Within 15 days, New York ordered one from England that became the first American running train known as the Stourbridge Lion. Today, there are a lot of different types of trains used for transportation like trams, subway electric train, freight trains etc.


Fast Facts: –

  • First ever train appeared in 1804. It was built by Richard Trevithick for his iron works at Penydarren in Wales.
  • It was capable of pulling 25 tonnes of iron material and 70 people over a distance of 10 miles.
  • Approximately 40% of the world’s cargo is transported by trains.
  • James watt did not invent the steam engine but he made the world’s first modern one.
  • America’s first steam locomotive lost a race to a horse.
  • The longest train station in England is a little over 600 meters long.
  • The heaviest train ever recorded weighed 95,000 tonnes.
  • You can travel from Portugal to Vietnam solely by train. It is the longest train journey at a distance of 17,000 kilometers.
  • First ever commercial steam train reached a speed of 96 kilometers per hour.
  • Grand Central Station in New York has 44 passenger platforms.



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