Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsPhysics · 1 decade ago

Who invented the first steam locomotive?

When did people stop using steam locomotives? Why?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    George Stephenson is considered to be the inventor of the first steam locomotive engine for railways.

    Richard Trevithick's invention is considered the first tramway locomotive, however, it was a road locomotive, designed for a road and not for a railroad.

    Steam locomotives dominated rail traction from the mid 19th century until the mid 20th century, after which they were superseded by diesel and electric locomotives.

    The need to find alternative sources of power as well as new technology and faster way to travel paved the way to the design of new and improved locomotives. This in a way led to the obsolesence of the steam locomotives.

  • 4 years ago

    My mother is a history teacher and she says it's George Stephenson. But this is what I've found on the net: The earliest steam rail locomotive was built in 1804 by Richard Trevithick and Andrew Vivian. Then followed the successful twin cylinder locomotive by Christopher Blackett's team built at Wylam in 1811, closely followed by Matthew Murrays' rack locomotive for the edge railed Middleton Railway in 1812. etc

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