Birth of the Locomotive

by Nicholas Motley

Like inventor, Like son

George Stephenson and his son built the final product of what is known as the locomotive. Before all of this he was age 19 when he started working on Newcomen engine. After going through many endeavours he had learned to read and write, got married, and was promoted to Chief Mechanic. After many prototypes that he wasn't satisfied with, he made the final one with his son 12 years later

The importance

There was a need for this invention because people wanted to be able to transport goods easier. This invention was made for that purpose and changed history forever because of it. It started our transportation routes and cut the time in nearly halve, making trading simply and easy.

Occurance

In 1804 the first actual working locomotive was made and would later on give the idea to George Stephenson to improve on the already made ideas. The occurance happened at London and the locomotive was made by a guy named Trevithick.

Purpose and workings

How it happens

When wood/coal is burned, producing fire to boil the water to produce steam which is then fed through cylindars, and the pressure drives the piston to make the wheels move. The purpose of the invention was to make transportation overall easier.

Bibliography

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"Locomotive." World of Invention. Gale, 2006. Student Resources in Context. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.

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