How Much Do You Know About Electric Trains?

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How Much Do You Know About Electric Trains?

Electric locomotives came about in the 1800s as an alternative to steam engines. While they caught on in Europe as a great substitute energy source for steam engines and diesel trains, the US still widely uses diesel. How much to you know about early electric trains?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who built the first known electric train in 1837, running on DC battery current?
    • A. 

      Werner von Siemens

    • B. 

      Robert Davidson

    • C. 

      Richard Trevithick

    • D. 

      Rudolf Diesel

  • 2. 
    Werner von Siemens invented the first electric passenger train in Berlin in what year?
    • A. 

      1806

    • B. 

      1837

    • C. 

      1879

    • D. 

      1888

  • 3. 
    How many cars did Werner von Siemen's locomotive haul in 1879?
    • A. 

      3

    • B. 

      5

    • C. 

      4

    • D. 

      1

  • 4. 
    How fast could the first passenger electric train travel?
    • A. 

      13 km/h, 8.1 mph

    • B. 

      20 hm/h, 12.5mph

    • C. 

      22 km/h, 13.7 mph

    • D. 

      11 km/h, 6.8 mph

  • 5. 
    Which infrastructure development in urban areas in the late 1800s help electric trains' popularity grow?
    • A. 

      Narrow bridges

    • B. 

      Hilly terrain

    • C. 

      Tunnels

    • D. 

      Sewage systems

  • 6. 
    The US caught onto the electric trend late. What year did the first electric trolleys appear in Richmond, Virginia?
    • A. 

      1883

    • B. 

      1888

    • C. 

      1895

    • D. 

      1902

  • 7. 
    Where do electric trains get their power? (select all that apply)
    • A. 

      Overhead cables

    • B. 

      Battery or supercapacitor

    • C. 

      Gasoline engine

    • D. 

      Coal

    • E. 

      Third rail

  • 8. 
    What are advantages of the electric train over diesel or steam?
    • A. 

      Quieter

    • B. 

      Less air pollution

    • C. 

      Less rail maintenance

    • D. 

      Regenerative braking

  • 9. 
    What are the disadvantages of electric trains?
    • A. 

      High operating costs

    • B. 

      Slow

    • C. 

      Expensive infrastructure

    • D. 

      Breakdown often

  • 10. 
    Which country currently has the fasted electric train in the World?
    • A. 

      Japan

    • B. 

      China

    • C. 

      Germany

    • D. 

      India

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