Presentation on theme: "The struggle to build and run the World’s first steam locomotives"— Presentation transcript:
1 The struggle to build and run the World’s first steam locomotives Early Steam Trains,The struggle to build and run the World’s first steam locomotives
2 The First RailwaysBefore 1700, trucks ran on wooden rails in Cornish tin minesBy about 1780, coal trucks in the North-East were running on wooden and stone tracks. A few tracks were made of ironAll these ‘waggonways’ were drawn by horses
3 LocomotivesBy 1800, fixed steam engines were working in mines and factoriesThe next step was the Locomotive – a moving steam engine that pulled coal trucksBetween , a number of ‘engineers’ tried to build a locomotive but their machines often broke down or were very weak
4 It pulled 10 tonnes of iron for a bet Richard TrevithickIn 1804, Trevithick ran his new steam locomotive in WalesIt pulled 10 tonnes of iron for a betIt travelled at 3½ m.p.h. for 100 yards and then broke down….but he won his bet!
5 New Cogs & ‘Puffing Billy’ In 1811, John Blenkinsop invented a locomotive with an extra wheel. It had cogs on it that gave the machine extra grip on the trackThen in 1813, John Hedley built his ‘Puffing Billy’ to haul coal in Northumberland‘Puffing Billy’ ran for 50 years
6 Liverpool to Manchester Railway There was a competition in 1829 to see who’s locomotive was best. Stephenson wonHe was chosen to build the Liverpool to Manchester railway400,000 people used the new railway in the first year. They were thrilled to travel at 18 m.p.h.
7 Railway Mania! After 1830, there was a rush to build railways London & Birmingham linked in 1838All the main cities were linked by 1850The face of Britain changed, criss-crossed by railway lines, bridges and tunnelsThere was a mad rush to invest in railways in the 1840s. Some people made fortunes, many went bust or were swindledRailways created jobs for ‘navvies’, train drivers & staff, train builders, iron makers, coal miners and more!
10 Each part of the country had its own time when the first railways were built. It caused such confusion that station clocks began using London time. In 1880, Greenwich Mean Time became everyone’s time in Britain.
11 The ‘modern world’ took off with the coming of the railways The ‘modern world’ took off with the coming of the railways. The world was never the same again after 1830.
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