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Did you know that the world’s first steam-powered passenger train journey began in Darlington on 27th September 1825 ? It moved at an average of 6 mph up the line to Stockton on Tees . The railway had been intended merely to haul coal in horse-drawn wagons, but George Stephenson changed all that, strengthening the track to accommodate his new steam-driven engine, logically named Locomotion No 1, that managed to pull up to 600 passengers on that inaugural journey.

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