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Electric Locomotive

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The first attempt to use eletric power for railways was in 1842, when an electric locomotive was constructed, weighing five tons, which attained a speed of four miles per hour. The powerful electric locomotive shown is used for conveying trains through the Simplon tunnel. It weighs 62 tons and is of 2,300 horsepower. It will draw a train of 300 tons through the tunnel in 18 minutes at an average speed of 42 miles per hour.