Industrial Revolution: The Role Of Transportation Changes In Britain

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The Industrial Revolution was a key component to why transportation changed throughout the years in Britain. Prior to the Industrial Revolution it was hard to go from place to place and took a great amount of time to get there. The transportation was very basic before the Industrial Revolution and consisted of: wagons pulled by horses and flatboats. Due to the revolution, steam powered locomotives were made, canals were created and roads were made. First ranked was the steam powered locomotive, canals second and roads third.

The steam-powered locomotive is ranked first because it made a huge difference to society because goods could be delivered at a faster rate and they could hold more weight. The locomotive created in 1814 by George Stephenson was named the “Blucher” and could pull eight
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The locomotive started becoming popular and more people started to travel in them. Because it was such a success people began to improve it by adding comfortable seats and some even had sleeping cars. The locomotive was such a huge success in Britain that the first locomotive to operate in America was sent from Britain. It made a huge impact on people and was a great change in history. It was influential and because of that, most locomotives today are for historical and educational purposes. Various museums even have them on display for the public to see and sometimes provide excursions for people.

Canals are ranked second because rivers did not always run where supplies were wanted and sometimes they were too hard to steer through. You could travel by a direct route to your destination, which made it a good means of transport. Heavy produce was being created in the Industrial Revolution, which meant it had to be moved somehow. Roads could not manage the weight and means of transport that could hold the produce did not exist so canals were
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