On this day in 1804, Richard Trevithick debuted the world's first self propelled steam locomotive at the Welsh iron mill at Pen-y-Darren. It pulled five cars loaded with ten tons of iron and around 70 iron workers nine miles, at a speed of five miles per hour. It was so heavy that after three trips its weight broke the rails and it ended its life as a stationary steam engine.
It was followed with other - and better - locomotives: The Rocket, The Flying Scotsman, The Mallard, the Shinkansen and the TGV. But it was the first, which is what we remember. This is a reproduction.
There is a magic to all of this. Castle Borepatch lies near (but not too near) a trunk line and it's possible in the dead of night to listen to the horn of the Night Train. It's the sound of nostalgia. Sure, airliners get you there faster but I'm not sure that anyone ever wrote a song like this for a Boeing.