The history of railway transport dates back to the distant 1804, when the Englishman Richard Trevithick invented the first train with a locomotive load. Initially, the train was used as an attraction for the public. But after 200 years, the popularity of rail traffic has reached the threshold of several million passengers traveling daily by train around the world.
During the existence of trains, a lot of funny and funny stories associated with them have accumulated. We offer to start your working day with fascinating facts from the history of railway transport:
- In France, it is forbidden to kiss at train stations, as this often caused delays in trains. The law has been in effect since 1910, and so far no one has repealed it. A similar law is passed in the UK. The main reason for its introduction is delays in the departure of trains
- According to statistics, traveling by train is 45 times safer than driving a car. If you are worried about safety on the way, we recommend choosing cars in the middle of the train, if there are only seats in the cabin of the car, in this case, get tickets for seats against the train.
- If you have not experienced a thrill a long time, adrenaline lures you in the blood, then it's time to go to Argentina and take a ride on the Patagonia Express train. This train is famous for "unexpected" robberies in the style of the Wild West. Passengers, admiring the scenery of Patagonia outside the window, become participants in this robbery with a chase, horses, pistols and cowboys. Such an original idea of the attraction for tourists was implemented by the Argentine Department of Tourism.
- In 1973, a train of unusual design was built in Japan with the sides of a carriage leaning to the sides. The advantage of this engineering solution was that the train did not have to slow down while driving while turning ruts. However, this original decision had a second side of the medal - passengers could fully experience seasickness on land :)
- And another interesting fact about Japan. If any person in Japan commits suicide by throwing himself under the wheels of a train, the railway company has every right to sue the family of a suicide to recover funds for cleaning the train and the tracks. This claim may also concern compensation for a company’s damaged reputation.
- Australia has the longest section in the world with direct rail connections. The length of the section of the Trans-Australian railway is about 500 m. The road is laid on a desert plain and does not have a single turn.
- An interesting historical fact was recorded in England in 1830 during an organized competition between five locomotives. One of the participants was suspended from the competition due to the fact that in his desire to win he used the dishonest way - he hid the horses under the metal covering of the train.
- An employee on a railway station, whose duties include the inspection of the state of the superstructure, is called a trackman or a technical inspector. The clerk’s duties also include knocking the train’s wheels, so many of them have the perfect ear for music. According to the key employees should determine the failure of the wheel.
- Do you know in what train you can offer an oxygen cushion? In the west of Peru is the highest mountain railway in the world (the height reaches more than 3 km). One of the essential attributes of this trip is an oxygen cushion for each passenger of the train, since the air at that altitude is very low and breathing may be difficult.
- For Muslim countries, namaz is traditional - a fivefold daily prayer. When making a prayer to believers, it is important to be turned with your head to the east. Once in Iran there was one case when the driver of the Ahvaz-Tehran train was severely punished. During the namaz, he did not stop the moving train and the believers had to pray in a compartment, while turning to the east at each new turn of the train.
And be that as it may, whatever curiosities would occur, but it is to the trains that we owe technical progress. After all, the invention of the train and the railway was a revolution in the history of all mankind.