What kind of transport can you hear in this minute? What kind of noises does it make?

This is a recording of a steam train! Steam trains were invented in 1804 by a Cornishman called Richard Trevithick, who learnt about engineering from working in Cornish tin mines. Steam trains replaced wagons pulled by horses – the trains were much faster and more efficient than using animals.

Steam trains brought lots of new opportunities for people in Victorian Britain. It made it easier for people to travel to see friends and families across the country and to go to the seaside.

Over time steam trains became less popular as diesel engines were faster, easier to maintain and cleaner.

You can still go on steam trains today, but they are more for tourist attractions than for everyday transport!

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