1763-1775 James Watt invented the modern steam engine. This meant things could run away from rivers because the steam engine provided energy. Almost all of the industrial revolution was devoted to textiles. Post 1830 is when the rail road is invented The industrial revolution was not rapid, but took a long time for inventions to be made. Until you had the rail road, you could not move heavy things. °First factories were awful places and dark. They were kept damp and humid because if not, strings would tear due to dryness. This made workers have lung disease. There was no protection around the machine so injuries were common. The work day was lengthy 12-16 hours a day for males and females worked 10-14 hours a day and children worked 8-12 hours a day.