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1812 - First Commercial Steam Locomotive

In June of 1812 the Middleton Railway of Leeds England became the first commercial railway in the world to successfully use steam locomotives. John Blenkinsop patented and laid track with a toothed rail. Matthew Murray designed and built a locomotive with a pinion to mesh with the rail.

The Middleton Railway was used to haul coal from the local mine into Leeds.

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