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Early Steam Trains, Early Steam Trains, 1700-1840 1700-1840 The struggle to build and run the World’s first steam locomotives
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The First Railways The First Railways Before 1700, trucks ran on wooden rails in Cornish tin mines By about 1780, coal trucks in the North-East were running on wooden and stone tracks. A few tracks were made of iron All these ‘waggonways’ were drawn by horses
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Locomotives Locomotives By 1800, fixed steam engines were working in mines and factories The next step was the Locomotive – a moving steam engine that pulled coal trucks Between 1800-1830, a number of ‘engineers’ tried to build a locomotive but their machines often broke down or were very weak
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Richard Trevithick Richard Trevithick In 1804, Trevithick ran his new steam locomotive in Wales It pulled 10 tonnes of iron for a bet It travelled at 3½ m.p.h. for 100 yards and then broke down ….but he won his bet!
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