Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos
Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos
Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos
Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos

Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos

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Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989. Photos
 
The Story of the Train By Patrick Whitehouse Hard Cover This edition 1989.   LOTS of color photos  128 Pages  Oversize Book
Contrary to popular thinking, George Stephenson did not invent the steam locomotive, neither did he produce the first engine to run on rails. The latter achievement was the 'brainchild' of a Cornish pumping machinery engineer, Richard Trevithick, who had demonstrated a steam carriage in London during the first years of the century. Trevithick was retained by Samuel Homfray, the owner of the Pen-y-Darren iron works in South Wales, where he adapted a stationary steam engine for use on the works track which was, in fact, a plateway. This event occurred on 13 February 1804 and the crude machine won Homfray a wager of 500 guineas.
By that date railways had been in use, mainly in mining areas, for  nearly 50 years. Indeed horsedrawn carts had been pulled along angled iron plates at Coalbrookdale in Shropshire in 1767. Unfortunately for Trevithick (and any immediate recognition and progress), the iron plates shattered under the locomotive's weight and it returned to its originally intended duties as a stationary engine. The technical problem of supporting the weight of the locomotive had yet to be solved.
As industry grew, the problem of the movement of goods around the Western world had been solved in the main by the building of canals. In Britain, for instance, the construction of artificial waterways goes back to the mid-1500s when the Exeter Canal was built.


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