What was the world’s first public railway to use a steam locomotive?

Tracts_vol_57_p252_1821_Plan_of_intended_Stockton_and_Darlington_RailwayDecember 27, 1825 — The world’s first public railway using a steam locomotive was completed in England today by the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR).

Operated in north-east England from 1825-1863, it was the first line to connect collieries (a coal mine and the buildings and equipment associated with it) near Shildon with Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington. The line was soon extended to a new port and town at Middlesbrough.

While coal waggons were hauled by steam locomotives from the start, passengers were carried in coaches drawn by horses until carriages hauled by steam locomotives were introduced in 1833.

Sources: spartacus-educational.com, historyextra.com, wikipedia/StocktonDarlingtonRailway

Words of Wisdom for December 27, 2016

“A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.”

— Theodore Roosevelt