In 1825, the first public railway came into existence when George Stephenson built the Stockton Darlington railway line. In 1830, George Stephenson built the railway between Liverpool and Manchester. Earlier, on July 25, 1814, he had tested his first locomotive on the Cillingwood railway with eight wagons loaded with coal.Know More
However, it was a little-known British engineer named Richard Trevithick who made the first fully functioning locomotive based on the principles of the steam engine in 1804. Earlier, steam was used during the industrial revolution in England to power other mechanical devices.
These trains used a steam locomotive that was based on the principles of the motive power of steam discovered by James Watt.Learn more about Inventions
The first full-scale working steam engine train was designed and built by Richard Trevithick and financed by Samuel Homfray. However, the idea originated around 1550 with German wagonways, wooden tracks that made moving heavy carts easier.Full Answer >
The first bullet train was invented in 1964 by Hideo Shima from Tokyo, Japan. Its launch occurred in October and coincided with the Tokyo Olympics. Bullet trains travel up to three times the normal speed of a train.Full Answer >
The maglev (magnetic levitation) train was invented by Americans James R. Powell and Gordon T. Danby. Hermann Kemper, Robert Goddard and Emile Bachelet are also credited with important research and development that lead to this invention.Full Answer >
German scientist Werner von Siemens is considered the inventor of the electric locomotive. Siemens first introduced his invention at a Berlin trade fair in 1879.Full Answer >