The Locomotive Of The Transcontinental Railway

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With the completion of the Transcontinental railway in 1869, it connected the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways in Promontory, Utah. This connection made travel from east to west much easier than the horse and stagecoach or covered wagon of days past. With the connection of rail, came luxury and convenience of travel, as well as the movement of goods out west. Steam engines were a major part of the Industrial Revolution, and steam locomotives made travel from place to place so incredibly easy compared to the traditional horse and buggy, but as with everything else, technology advanced and the steel skinned, steam breathing dinosaurs that carved the way for many across the country, has met the end of the line with the advent of the diesel engine and electric streetcars essecently being combined to make diesel-electric locomotives most famously made by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division.
The steam engine revolutionized the way mechanical work was done. Its invention came in the early 1700s in Spain; it worked but was not very efficient, as many firsts are. In 1781, James Watt patented a steam engine that became a key part of the Industrial Revolution; one that worked in a continuous rotative motion that produced torque to do mechanical work. The Industrial Revolution started in 1760 and lasted through the 1840s, during the industrialization of the United States. Once the Watt steam engine had proved itself, it was time for it to be used in other means than just
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