June 7, 2007

Queen Mary: Second Class Stair Glass 9

George Stephenson found himself too poor to emigrate to America. After schooling and working himself up to head engineer at the West Moore Coal Mine, at age 20 he build the first steam locomotive.
About.com says, "After ten months' labor, this locomotive was completed and put upon the Cillingwood Railway on the 25th July, 1814, and tried. On an ascending grade of one in four hundred and fifty feet, this engine succeeded in drawing after it eight loaded wagons of thirty tons' weight, at about flour miles an hour, and was the most successful working engine that had ever been constructed up to this period. "

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