Steam Engines



A locomotive is a self-propelled vehicle which runs on rails and is capable of pulling, and sometimes pushing, railroad cars. A steam engine locomotive typically burns wood, coal or oil to produce the steam in a boiler which powers the steam engine.

Trains allowed for the movement of large loads of goods and passengers over long distances by linking together multiples cars or vehicles which ran on a rail system.


In 1803,  Richard Trevithick in South Wales,  built the  first steam locomotive to run on rails.  The Puffing Billy, a locomotive built in 1813 by Timothy Hackworth and William Hedley, was the first locomotive used commercially for hauling cars.


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