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World's first railway steam locomotive
World's first railway steam locomotive
Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) was an English inventor. Richard Trevithick was the son of a mine engineer, and as a child would watch steam engines pump water out of the deep tin and copper mines.
In 1803 he built the "London Steam Carriage" which was basically a stagecoach fitted with a steam engine.
The following year, Trevithick built the world's first railway steam locomotive. Trevithick's locomotive had no name and was used at the Pennydarren ironworks in Wales, and pulled up to 10 wagons at speeds of around 5 mph (8 km/h). Although it worked, it was not financially successful as it was too heavy for, and kept breaking the rails (which were designed for animal propelled trains).