The world’s first electric locomotive was designed by the German scientist Werner von Siemens. It was shown at an international trade exhibition in Berlin in 1879. A special track was built for the locomotive, which hauled up to thirty visitors at a time around the exhibition. One of earliest electric railway, in England was Volk’s Electric Railway, built along the sea-front at Brighton. This railway was opened in 1883. It was a marvelous holiday attraction at that time, and is still very popular with visitors to the seaside town. The first electric trains to be used as a serious means of transport appeared on the London Underground in 1890, and the building of longer distance electric railway began after the First World War.
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