September 27, 1825: the first time in history that a steam locomotive carry passengers on a public railway

For the first time in history a steam locomotive carried passengers on a public railway on this day, September 27, 1825. The engine was called Locomotion No. 1 and in control was its designer, the engineer George Stephenson. The train belonged to the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which operated across the North East of England but, for the first time, apart from 36 wagons filled with sacks of coal and flour, it included a purpose-built passenger coach called, not by chance, The Experiment. Actually, shaking and springless, the carriage resembled…

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Travel by rail across 14 countries around the world? Now is possible!

For travellers who want to explore the world by train, there is a fantastic new: a newly-launched trip that may be a dream come true! The English website Railbookers has launched a journey called “Around the World by Rail”, which gives travellers the opportunity to discover four continents, 14 countries and over 20 cities. The 56-day trip also takes in some of the world’s most popular train rides along the way, including the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Even though the trip is curated to begin and end…

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