National Railway Museum - York, UK
me trains, especially steam trains and England are synonymous. There are
many preserved railways still in operation up and down the country and it's
possible to take a vacation that is geared to these excursions which I was
lucky enough to do a while back. This trip my time was more restricted and
because I was traveling in the winter most were shut down for the season.
Stephenson is considered to be the inventor of the first
practical steam locomotive
engine for railways. Stephenson was extremely poor growing up and received
little formal education. He worked in local collieries or coal mines and was
self-taught in reading and writing. In 1812, he became a colliery engine
builder, and in 1814 he built his first locomotive for the Stockton and
Darlington Railway Line. Stephenson was hired as the company engineer and
soon convinced the owners to use steam motive power and built the line's
first locomotive, the Locomotion. In 1825, Stephenson moved to the Liverpool
and Manchester Railway, where together with his son Robert and Henry Rooth
built (1826-29) the Rocket.
Besides a wonderful display of rolling stock the museum has opened up its workshop as well as backroom collection. There you can find many models of railroads and a vintage layout used to teach railroad operation.