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Invention of the Electric Train


Electricity is the most important form of energy. Electric-powered trains include high-speed passenger trains, freight trains, sub-way trains and street trains in certain cities. The electricity to run electric trains comes from an external source or from a generator on board the train. This electricity lends power energy to the train through a special wire called catenary. Electric trains travel much faster. The fastest electric train is in France that runs between Paris and Lyon at over 270 km an hour. These trains are quieter and smokeless.

As for the invention of the electric trains, its model was built by a blacksmith named Thomas Davenport in 1835. A few years later, a Scottish inventor developed a full-size electric train. But the cost of producing electricity was too high for common use. In mid-1800’s, electric generator came to be invented and made the running of electric trains possible. The first generator-driven was shown in Germany in 1879 and the first commercial street-train began operating in 1881.