Worldwide Rail History

  Worldwide Railways Timeline 
  01/01/1500 Animal Power People in England Ireland and America used horses as a form of transport to pull wagons. But people in hotter countries such as Egypt and the Middle East would have used camels
  05/04/1550 Wagonways Wagon ways are used in the mines of Germany to help the workers get coal to the surface, these wagons were pulled by small ponies.
  05/04/1604 First Wagonways in Britain Wagon ways are built in Britain, these were made of wood and were 2 miles long, they cost 166 pounds
  05/04/1700 tracks built with iron instead of wood By this time people began to use iron tracks instead of wooden tracks
  05/04/1803 first steam locomotive invented The first steam locomotive was invented by Richard Trevithick. These trains were used to transport goods instead of passengers
  05/04/1825 first journey of the steam horse Thousands of people came to see the steam horse on its first journey, but when it let off steam people were frightened and ran away
  05/04/1829 1st inter city railway First inter city railway was built between Liverpool and Manchester
  06/04/1829 Competition held for new train ideas The company building the inter city railway wanted better locomotives so they held a competition for people to bring their ideas forward, the award for 500 pounds. George and Robert Stephenson won, their ideas included heating the water better by using more pipes. Then they made the fire burn better and thirdly they improved the rods that connected the wheels to the engine.
  05/04/1833 passengers could now use steam train as transport Trains now used to transport passengers as well as goods
  05/04/1873 275000 people working for railway companies By this year, 275,000 people now working for railway companies, some as young as 14
  05/04/1879 First electric trains in operation  
  05/04/1892 diesel fuel was invented Rudolf Diesel invents diesel fuel now used in engines
  05/04/1901 first monorails invented in Germany Monorails only travel for short distances and are guided by side panels and rubber guided wheels
  05/04/1904 city of Truro engine is invented New engine built that was the first to travel at more than 100mph
  05/04/1933 the electrification of the railway Trains now using mainly electricity instead of steam
  06/03/1938 world record for fastest steam train new world record for fastest steam train, The Mallard train got up to speeds of 126 mph. designed by Nigel Gresley
  05/04/1964 bullet trains in Japan In this year high speed trains were beginning to be invented in Japan . These were called bullet trains which could travel up to 300 mph.
  05/04/1970 TGV invented in France In this time period the French had invented a high speed train called the TGV. on the 3rd of April 2007 it set the record for the fasted wheeled train. IT reached a speed of 574.8 km/h
  05/04/2004 maglev train IN 2004 the maglev train completed a 30 km journey in 7 minutes and 20 seconds

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