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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-27-2006, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
 
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Choo-choo Day

Remember the children’s story about the train that could? The little choo-choo made it to the top of the hill, pulling its load, by will power, courage, strength and thought, “I think I can, I think I can.”

Well, this story is about another train that could and did.

On September 27, 1829, a locomotive belonging to England’s Stockton and Darlington line, pulled a passenger train down the tracks. It was the first time an engine -- not a horse -- had accomplished this.

The locomotive, The Rocket was designed by George Stephenson with the help of his son Robert. It was the first truly successful steam locomotive, able to pull a train on smooth rails. (The very first steam engine locomotive was built by Richard Treithick, also of England, in 1804.)

Critics were a little wary of the iron horse. One said that it would make stay-at-homes into gadabouts; honest men into liars and be the downfall of an intellectual society. Some choo-choo, eh?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-28-2006, 07:49 AM
 
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Well...not every day something exciting or entertaining happens...so I guess I will just in my own thread...
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Well...not every day something exciting or entertaining happens...so I guess I will just in my own thread...
I went back and looked, you have a couple of interesting fact threads that no one ever posted in. Please don't take that as people being uninterested..i for one enjoy them
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