Saturday, May 3, 2014

Edison's Electric Locomotive

 The first practical electric locomotive was invented by Werner von Siemens and was exhibited at the Berlin Industrial Exposition in Berlin in 1879.  
Here we have, a year later, Thomas Edison at the throttle (rheostat?) of his version of a electric passenger locomotive. Like a model train, the power came from the rails, apparently direct current. No idea what the voltage might have been. Things were simpler in 1880.

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