The History of Trains Part 2

We often take for granted how readily available trains are today. The fact that we can travel from Manchester to London in just over two hours would seem like a miracle in the 1800’s, when trains were only just making an appearance. In part one of this blog series, we talked about the first railway, which was invented in the 1500’s to move coal to ships, early US locomotives and steam locomotives. In part two, we will be going over luxury trains, electric trains and the first underground railways…

Luxury Trains

By 1850, many trains were being redecorated to provide luxury travel for the first class and passengers who could afford the price tag; as companies realised that the more comforts on offer, the more they could charge. These trains were fitted with heating, lighting and toilet facilities. In fact, long distance trains were fit for royalty and included private sleeping areas, carts specifically for fine dining and luxury seating.

Electric Trains

The first electric train was developed around the end of the 19th century by engineers and became very popular by 1930. In fact, between 1940 and 1960, they were replacing steam powered trains in many areas of the globe. Electric trains would use motors in order to manipulate the wheels and collect electricity from cable above. These locomotives were cleaner, quieter and faster compared to steam engines and, today, most trains we use are powered by electricity.

The First Underground Railways

The street became very full with various forms of transport as cities grew, including horse drawn carriages, buses and trams. A railway was built beneath the streets of London to provide a solution to this growing problem and was called the Metropolitan when it opened in 1863. This was the world’s first underground railway and, although it was dirty due to the steam, many people would still use it. Eventually, electric trains took over from steam and by the late 19th century, other cities followed suit with the Paris Metro in 1900 and the New York Subway in 1905.

Here at Trains From Hell, we find the history of trains interesting and educational. Train delays on the other hand are bothersome and frustrating for commuters. Get in contact today if your train way delayed by 30 minutes or more to claim back your ticket price!

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