17831831, Jan 22
an English mining engineer and an inventor of steam locomotives, who designed the first practical railway locomotive. From 1808 he became agent to Charles John Brandling, who owned collieries on his Middleton estate near Leeds and whose family came from Felling. From then until his death, Blenkinsop lived at Middleton Hall on Town Street, Middleton, built in the 17th century as the Brandling family's Middleton home (they used the far more modern Middleton Lodge when visiting from their Tyneside homes).
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06/24/1812-John Blenkinsop shows off the world’s first rack-and-pinion steam locomotive
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