Who Invented The Train?
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The train AKA the locomotive has two inventors for two different years with two different concepts, implemented into the way we see trains today. In 1804, the first steam powered train would be invented by a man named Richard Trevithick. About 10 years later, another man named George Stephenson would create what is known as the Blucher, the very first train of its kind meant for railway service.
The first run
Trevithick was the father of this invention and he would run the steam-powered machine on February 22nd of that same year he invented it. It moved down the way, carrying over ten loads of material, part of that load included that of over seventy people as well as some wagon and iron materials. It wasn’t very fast at the time as it took them two hours to travel nine miles. At the time, this actually wasn’t that bad, matter of fact that was blazing fast in comparison to traditional wagon travel. This would all take place within the South Wales.
The first train company
Not long after running and testing the newly created steam powered engine on a locomotive, Stephenson’s concept would come to be. The concept being putting a train on a railway to travel from location to location across the country. Of course, it would not be until 1821 that someone decided they wanted to patent the idea of taking passengers cross country together on one steam powered machine. By 1825, the first railway company would ink a deal to load and transfer passengers and material goods all around. This company was called Stockton & Darlington Railroad.
The speed was 9 mph
This would also be the first company to have regularly scheduled trains coming in and out of the station on a consistent basis. Stephenson was the inspiration behind the implementation of these locomotives and they could carry over four hundred passengers at a time, reaching distances of nine miles an hour and just remember for the time, that was pretty fast. Records show that the idea of machine-based-traveling had existed since the 1500s but it wasn’t until Stephenson and Trevithick patented the idea that it actually took off. Sometimes even the most unsupported of ideas have the brightest futures.