By: David Kaiser
Disadvantages: Coal was used to fuel the engine. Coal cost a lot so it costs a lot to ride one. It also costs a lot to make the tracks for the trains. The rails for the tracks aren't that flexible so you basically have to be on a straight line to your destination.
The beginning of the railroad
Germany first had Wagonways which had wooden rails that horse-drawn wagons and carts moved on. This was the beginning of the railroad.
In 1789 he came up with the first wagon with with flanged wheels. The flange has a grove in it that could better grip the rail. This was used for later railroads too.
Richard Trevithick built the first train with a steam engine in it. It could haul 10 tons of iron, 70 men and 5 extra wagons about only 9 miles. It would take about 2 hours though.