Steam locomotive declared one of the oldest in the world

  • Posted On: 24 July 2018
In a recent announcement, a steam locomotive has been declared one of the oldest in the world after researchers discovered it was built 10 years earlier than originally thought.

The George Stephenson-built Killingworth Billy was believed to have been constructed in 1826.However, a new investigation of the engine, on show at North Shields Stephenson Railway Museum, suggests it was constructed in 1816.That would make it the third-oldest surviving locomotive in the world.

It would also be the oldest surviving locomotive built by Mr Stephenson and the oldest surviving with a standard gauge.(Wikipedia Image of “Billy” at the Stephenson Railway Museum.)

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