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Ever Wondered How “Choo Choo” Trains & Rail Transport Came Into Existence?

Ever Wondered How “Choo Choo” Trains & Rail Transport Came Into Existence?

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Wear your track-pants because we are transporting back in time to discover the evolution of Rail Transport.

The railway industry has transformed itself from a simple “steam engine” to such a comprehensive rail transport network without which humankind can’t be imagined anymore.

Have you ever wondered who has wondered about this wonder that we do not consider a wonder anymore?

Confused? Ah! No worries.

Here you’ll know all that you need to know about the development of Rail Transport around India and the Globe.

1. The beginning of the first-ever railway network is said to be in Corinth, Greece, dating back to the 6th Century.

2. Horsepower funiculars and Wagons developed in Germany in the 16th Century.

3. Modern-day rail transport was first discovered in Great Britain, between in the early 19th century.

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4. In 1803, Richard Trevithick was the first one to build a steam locomotive and tradition of naming it.

Richard Trevithick

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5. Nine years later, the first fully working steam locomotive was built by John Blenkinsop.

6. The commercial appearance of train networks came in the late 1820s with the explorer and inventor, George Stephenson.

George Stephenson

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7. Locomotion was the first steam locomotive for passengers run by George Stephenson in 1825 from Stockton to Darlington (40 Kilometers). That’s a different thing though that in 1828 the boiler of Locomotion got, killing its driver.

8. In 1832, India’s first railway projects were made in Madras. In 1837, the country’s first train ran from Red Hills to Chintadripet bridge, (The Red Hill Railway).

The Red Hill Railway

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9. The idea for electric trains was first demonstrated by Werner von Siemens in 1879. The First Trolley Bus System (1882), Electromotive was also installed by Siemens in central Britain.

10. Main-line electric trains first began operating in 1902 in Italy.

Rail Transport

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11. German mainline services, In 1932, introduced the first diesel-electric trains.

12. On 24 October 1984, India’s first metro train ran from Esplanade to Bhawanipur in Kolkata. 

first metro train

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13. India’s fastest train, The Shatabdi Express, was introduced in 1988. It travelled between New Delhi and Jhansi. The line was later extended to Bhopal.

India's fastest train

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14. Indian Railways is one of the largest railway networks to be operated by a single government and world’s third-largest network with a total length of 127,760 km.

Indian Railways

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15. Indian Railways owns 5-luxury trains: The Deccan Odyssey, The Maharajas’ Express, The Golden Chariot, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Palace of Wheels.

Rail Transport

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16. The railway functions on a working ratio of 94%, that is, it spends 94 paise on every rupee that it earns.

one rupee

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17. Currently, Indian Railways is constructing the world’s highest rail bridge (35 meters) across the River Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir.

River Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir

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Thus, the steam locomotive represents the origin point of the modern railway industry that has bloomed into a universal phenomenon, authorizing humans to leave their mark on the Planet Earth for ages to see.

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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