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The Steam Locomive
THE LOCOMOTIVE, TOM THUMB
FROM PETER COOPER
WRITTEN BY: DESTINEY

Tom Thumb was the very first steam locomotive
made by America used on a common-carrier railroad.
This new train was built and designed by Peter Cooper
in the year 1830. It was designed to convince owners of the newly formed Baltimore and Ohio railroad, to use steam engines. It s especially remembered as one of the participants in an impromptu race with a horse- drawn car. The train, Tom Thumb, was leading the race
until one of the belts slipped off a pulley and then the engine lost power. The demonstration was a success, but, the next year the railroad, committed to the use of a steam locomotion, held trials for a working engine.



PETER COOPER &
THE RAILROADS
BY. DESTINEY MEIER

Peter Cooper, a very smart man. With a funny last name. He was an inventor, manufacturer, & a philanthropist from New York City who built the Tom Thumb locomotive. also founded The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.

On February 28, 1827 the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
became the first U.S. railway chartered fro commercial transport of passengers and freight. However, there were skeptics who doubted that a steam engine really could, work along steep, winding grades. Until the Tom Thumb, put an end to their doubts. Investors hoped a railroad would allow Baltimore, which at that time was the second largest city, to successfully compete with New York for western trade.

Well, the first railroad track in United States was only
thirteen miles long. But it caused much excitement when
the track opened in 1830. Even this small thing took about two years to make.


PETER COOPER &
THE RAILROADS, PART: 2
BY. DESTINEY MEIER

Baltimore and the Ohio River were connected by with rails in 1852. When it was completed at Wheeling, West Virginia. Later on extensions made a line through Chicago, St. louis, and Cleveland. In 1869, the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific line joined together to make the first transcontinental railroad. Several pioneers still traveled in wagons, but when the trains started getting faster and more frequent, settlements all across the continent grew larger.



MY REFLECTION PIECE

This project wasn t my favorite, but I did learn a
lot about the steam locomotive, and Peter Cooper.
The Tom Thumb and other locomotives helped and affected travel very much. In all it was a, slightly fun project that is intresting if you ask me.