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History of Rail in England

Railway History in England

Signicicant Dates in England Rail History

•  circa 1600


Wooden tracks used in England

•  late 1700's


Cast Iron plates for rails developed

•  late 1700's

England and America

Steam engine developed from earlier industrial steam boilers

•  26 July 1803


Worlds first 'public' railway

•  1812

Middleton, England

First successful Steam Locomotive in commercial use

•  1813


'Puffing Billy' first Steam Train to run by adhesion only (without cogs)

•  1825


George Stephenson produces the first public steam railway in the world

•  1825


Solid Rolled Wrought Iron rails produced for Darlignton - Stockton Railway

•  1850


Worlds first underground Metro railway built

•  1970's


Diesel and Electic replaces Steam as locomotive of commercial choice


For more information on the history of rail please visit the following websites:-

Wikipedia - History of Rail Transport

NOTE: All links are to English versions of the websites. Most are in local languages. If links are broken (as websites often change their templates) simply go to the home page listed and search for the country of interest.


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