When Was the Train Invented?


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The train was invented in England in 1803 by Richard Trevithick with funding from Samuel Homfray. The first steam locomotive used a steam engine and had its maiden journey on Feb. 22, 1804. This journey covered a distance of nine miles and took two hours to complete.

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On its first journey, the first train locomotive carried 70 men, five extra wagons and 10 tons of iron. The development of the steam locomotive was spurred by the invention of the steam engine and the introduction of iron tramways. Prior to the steam locomotive, the tramways were used by horse-drawn wagons with flanged wheels.

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