- A locomotive must be designed to fulfil two conditions.
Another man says the locomotive moves because its wheels go round.
The first true compound locomotive in England was constructed at Crewe works in 1878 by F.
The steam locomotive, however, and with it the railways, soon began to make rapid progress.
A " perfect engine " receiving and rejecting steam at the same temperatures as the actual engine of the locomotive, would develop about twice this power, say 1400 I.H.P. This figure represents the ideal but unattainable standard of performance.