The Locomotive Revolutionized Transportation Forever
Richard Trevithick, in 1801-1804 built both the first steam carriage and an experimental steam locomotive in Pen-y-Darren, Wales, UK. He later sold the patent and in 1804 revised his original version to successfully carry 10 tons of iron, 5 wagons, 70 men for about 10 miles.
This trip took just over 4 hours meaning his locomotive clocked up an eye-watering 2.4 miles per hour. This made it the very first steam locomotive to produce actual practical work.
The locomotive would go on to literally transform the face of industry and transportation the world over.