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It was on the 28th of August of 1830 that the 1st locomotive in US, "Tom Thumb", runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill



Power type: Steam
Builder: Peter Cooper
Build date: 1830
Fuel type: anthracite coal
Power output: 1.4 hp (1.0 kW) horsepower
Operator: Baltimore and Ohio Railroad




Tom Thumb was the first American-built steam locomotive used on a common-carrier railroad. Designed and built by Peter Cooper in 1830, it was designed to convince owners of the newly formed Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) to use steam engines. It is especially remembered as a participant in an impromptu race with a horse-drawn car, which the horse won after Tom Thumb suffered a mechanical failure. However, the demonstration was successful; and in the following year, the railroad committed to the use of steam locomotion and held trials for a working engine.


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