Drawing of part of a steam locomotive designed by Robert Stephenson, c 1830.
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Drawing showing the wheels of a steam locomotive designed by Robert Stephenson (1803-1859), posibly for the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway. The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway opened on 4 May 1830. Most of its 6 mile route consisted of inclined planes worked by stationary engines, but there was a 1 1/4 mile stretch of level track at Whitstable on which Stephenson's locomotive 'Invicta' operated, making it the first steam train to regularly carry pasengers anywhere in the world.