Ever since the days of Greek mythology where Daedalus designed the wings of Icarus mankind has been obsessed with wanting to fly & many experiments & lives have been sacrificed for the freedom we take for granted today especially when taking vacation.
I have always been fascinated by flight, ever since I can remember & as a child knew every type of aircraft whether civil or military although the fascination for supersonic fighter jets was my passion. As a teenager I wanted to be a pilot as so many but due to short sightedness & poor hearing in one ear I had to forget this dream early. Nonetheless I enjoy flying & watching aircraft in flight at airports & airshows whenever the chance arises.
Every advantage has a disadvantage generally speaking & the automobile is no exception producing pollution, usage of natural resources & producing a massive amounts of environmentally unfriendly waste. That’s the price we pay for a status symbol & the freedom of movement everyday.
In 1799, the first steam-powered automobile capable of human transportation was built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot. Then came Benz with the first petrol powered production model. Today, more than 200 years later the innovation lies in electric cars, fully automated production & self driving, self parking computer controlled vehicles.
Steam locomotives were first developed in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. Built by George Stephenson & his son Robert’s company, the Locomotion No.1 is the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line. Today it would be unthinkable to be without this very important method of transport.
Just as aircraft fascinate me so do locomotives, especially from the steam era. Yeah, you’ve guessed it I too spent many an hour as a bored kid sitting in our railway station trainspotting, comparing diesel loc numbers with a book that revealed tech spec & other interesting tidbits of information.