The Old Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station, Ellicott City, Maryland

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad

The Old Train Station, Ellicott City, Maryland

The year was 1828. The month was February. The railroad had begun in the United States of America. The city was a port city of Baltimore in the U.S. state of Maryland. Tracks were laid. People were excited to ride the first train to ever run in the Western Hemisphere. The train was pulled by a special locomotive. What was this locomotive made with?

Replica of and old Passenger Car

Some of you are saying, “Well, duh, Steel.”

If that is your answer, you are wrong. The first locomotive to ever pull a train in the Western Hemisphere was made of fur and had four legs. In case you are wondering, the first locomotive in the Western Hemisphere was a horse. Later, the ‘York’ locomotive began pulling trains from a station a few blocks from the port of Baltimore. (It is the Inner…

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