About Railroad History
History of the Railroad is a project created by 4x3's Stephen Siano.
For information on railroad engines, railroad cars, tracks, gauge and specialized equipment for the railroad, contact Stephen Siano firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Preliminary History
1829 - First steam locomotive started working in America, but its excessive weight forced it to become stationary boiler.
1829 - Stephenson's locomotive "Rocket" became fastest train ever built with its top speed of 30mph. It was capable of carrying 30 people.
1830 - Americans built their first steam engine. It worked great until 1931 when it exploded.
1832 - Charles Fox patented railway track switch.
1856 - First railroad bridge over river Mississippi enabled expansion of trains to the west.
1863 - First underground railway started working in London. Success of this track gave birth to the modern subways.
1869 - The First Transcontinental Railroad completed in North America, successfully bridging Pacific and central United States.
1872 - American inventor George Westinghouse patented his first automatic air brake, which soon became primary brake system in all future trains.
1881 - First public electric tram line opened in Berlin.
1888 - First electric tram system opened in Richmond, Virginia, United States.
1890 - London underground trains switched to electrical engines, starting the era of modern rapid transit systems.
1913 - Diesel powered locomotives started being used in Sweden.
1934 - Diesel locomotive fist showcased in the U.S. but it was introduced into regular use in 1939.
1960s - U.S. finished their transition from steam models to diesel-electric power.
1953 - Japan locomotive Odaky 3000 series SE Romancecar reached world record speed of 90mph (145 km/h).
1964 - First bullet train introduced in Japan. It traveled between Tokyo and Osaka with the average speed of 160km/h.
1979 - France begun using their high speed train - TGV. It had average traveling speed of 213 km/h and top speed of 300km/h.
1987 - British Rail's High Speed Train (HST) broke the word record for diesel powered train with the speed of 238 km/h.
1990 - French TGV broke the speed record for electric train, with staggering 515 km/h.
2007 - Spain begun using their first high-speed trains with speed of up to 350km/h.
2010 - Shanghai Metro becomes world's largest urban transit system with 420m of lines and 278 stations.