World’s First Commercial Atmospheric Train


The world’s first commercial Atmospheric Train commenced operations between Kingstown and Dalkey. The train had no engine. A stationary engine in Dalkey created a vacuum in a pipe laid between the tracks. A plunger in that pipe pulled the train to Dalkey. The return journey was downhill and needed no power. On a test-run, the train is reputed to have held the world land speed record.

Source: Tom Conlon