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grizzly
403465.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:41 am Reply with quote

What was the World's first passenger railway?

K: The Stockton & Darlington Railway
A: Richard Trevithick's Catch Me Who Can

Catch Me Who Can was the world's first steam passenger locomotive and only the third steam locomotive built by Richard Trevithick. It ran on a circular demonstration line that was built near to where the Chadwick Building at the University College London now stands. Unfortunately for Trevithick, not as many people were as interested in it as he expected and he closed it in September 1808 after just three months (exactly 200 years ago).



This picture was long considered to be an authentic image of the railway. However, John Liffen from the Science Museum has discovered that it is a 20th Century drawing based on earlier imaginations of the railway.

Read more here.

 
mikeyfone
403482.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:07 am Reply with quote

The first season ticket was for the Crab and Winkle Line between Canterbury and Whitstable.

 
Bondee
403509.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:21 am Reply with quote

mikeyfone wrote:
The first season ticket was for the Crab and Winkle Line between Canterbury and Whitstable.


Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable!
well, somebody had to say it!

 
soup
403510.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:21 am Reply with quote

mikeyfone wrote:
Whitstable.


Where Peter Cushing lives.

 
soup
403511.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:22 am Reply with quote

Damn just beaten by Bondee. Spot the times though.

 
Bondee
403523.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:39 am Reply with quote

We'll share the glory, soup!
; )

 
mikeyfone
403560.  Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:02 am Reply with quote

Bondee wrote:
Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable!
well, somebody had to say it!


I hate to break it to you, but Mr Cushing no longer lives in Whitstable.

He's dead.

 
scubascooby
405726.  Thu Sep 11, 2008 7:51 am Reply with quote

The first passenger rail service was of course the Liverpool and Manchester line.

On the opening day an MP Huskisson was killed by one of the trains close to Newton-le-Willows.

http://www.n-le-w.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=36&Itemid=27

Close by is the first public canal, the Sankey Valley or St Helens Canal. Not, as is often stated, the Bridgewater canal. They made that same mistake on a recent TV programme.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankey_Canal

 
jakamneziak
405742.  Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:14 am Reply with quote

i seem to renember the first railway being made by the ancient greeks. It wasn't steam powered nor was it designed for passengers but it was designed for moving masonry around.

 
Flash
405781.  Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:36 am Reply with quote

I think you're referring to the Diolkos, jak; a paved trackway (rather than railway) across the Isthmus of Corinth.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diolkos

Bits of it are still visible.

 
Sadurian Mike
416252.  Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:31 pm Reply with quote

grizzly wrote:
What was the World's first passenger railway?

K: The Stockton & Darlington Railway
A: Richard Trevithick's Catch Me Who Can

I'll take your Klaxon and raise you one.

The "Catch Me Who Can" was the first passenger steam locomotive railway, but the world's first passenger railway is thought to be the Swansea to Mumbles horse-drawn railway which started on 25th March 1807.

http://www.welshwales.co.uk/mumbles_railway_swansea.htm

 
Eric the Underwriter
423182.  Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:58 pm Reply with quote

Catch me if you can was an experiment to show it was faster than horse power. So had no "destination" as such.

Technicaly in 1804 his 1st engine that run on tracks carried 70 passengers ;)

 

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