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The First Railways

A steam locomotive is a vehicle that travels on rails and is powered by steam.

The first working railway steam locomotive was built by Richard Trevithick and, on 21st February 1804, the world's first railway journey took place as it hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks in south Wales.

In 1825 George Stephenson built the Locomotion for the Stockton and Darlington Railway in north-east England - this was the first public steam railway in the world.

It's track was required to also let horse-drawn wagons be pulled along it and it is because of this why the gauge (width) of railway tracks in Britain then became set at 143.5cm.

Locomotion Tyseley