Locomotive

steam locomotive

Who was the inventor?

A British engineer Richard Trevithick built a steam locomotive in 1804


How does the invention work?

The heat turns water in the engine's boiler into steam. In many locomotives, the steam is then superheated (heated beyond boiling temperature) before being fed into two or more cylinders. In each cylinder, the steam pushes against a disc called a piston. Special valves control the flow of steam, causing it to press against one side of the piston and then the other. This alternating pressure creates a reciprocating (back-and-forth) motion. See Steam engine (Reciprocating steam engines).

what is the purose of this invention?

The purpose of the steam locomotive was originally to transport coal form the mines. They were also used to carry other goods such as lumber or even passengers and livestock.

Where did the invention occur?

The earliest locomotives were invented and developed in the United Kingdom.

When did the invention occur?

From the 1830's until the 1950's, steam locomotives pulled nearly all railroad trains

Why was there a need for this invention?

To transport goods and coal. They were also used to get people place to place.

Why is this invention important in history?

Because then we wouldn't have a fast way to transport coal and other industrial goods.