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September 15, 1830

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Sep 15, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Triumph and Death!


    On September 15, 1830, the age of the railway begins !

    One from the locomotive "The Rocket"...

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    ...pulled train makes its inaugural run on the newly built line between Liverpool and Manchester...:

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    The "Rocket" - as the first locomotive in the world - was only developed shortly before that by the brothers George and Robert Stephenson...:

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    The new machine, which has an output of 21 hp, had previously won a selection race put out by the railway company "Liverpool and Manchester Railway" to find a suitable machine for the new route.

    Now the train steams along the new route at a breathtaking speed of 47 kilometers per hour in front of thousands of curious spectators...:

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    The higher earners have compartments with windows and a roof, the simple folk sit outside!

    Also in the audience is MP and Minister William Huskisson, who campaigned heavily for the construction of the Liverpool-Manchester railway line and mobilized the necessary funds...:

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    Huskisson is on a second train on the other platform, which has been made available as a viewing platform for better-off spectators.

    For some reason, the compartment door that the minister was leaning against bursts open - Huskisson falls right in front of the oncoming "Rocket", gets run over and dies instantly!

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    Thus the age of the railway begins with the first death of railway traffic!

    The railway company "L&M.R." names one of their wagons after Huskisson to commemorate. It is today to be seen at a museum...:

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    In addition, after the accident, the locomotive will be equipped with a front so-called "bumper beam" that is intended to prevent similar accidents in the future.

    The beam can be seen in the next picture...:

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    The original locomotive - which is no longer operational - is now in the British Railway Museum...:

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    A incredible piece of invention

    Shame they aren't as interesting nowadays

    Cheers

    Nap

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