Strait On: A history of America’s transportation, Part 4

wikipedia.comThe Tom Thumb. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter All transportation power measurements are attributed to the horse. Whether it be motorcycle or jet engine. The question is always, “What’s the horsepower?” The term originated sometime during the 1760s when a Scotsman named Thomas Newcomen designed an early version of the engine. Contrary to popular opinion, James Watt did not invent it, he improved the engine’s efficiency. It takes a lot of horsepower to pull a hundred loaded boxcars. So, when did the Iron Horse come into existence? Iron horse loses race with horse In 1827, The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad became the first U.S. company granted a charter for

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