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I got rid of the blue text because it looked funky but I've added more info to my blog article:

Milestones in German Railway History

One thing I've found interesting was that though the first workable locomotives were invented in England how German, America, Austria and France all added to it's development.
 

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It would be interesting to see a "technology tree" of how the different engineers picked up ideas from each other, developed them and subsequently these ideas in turn were passed on.

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Yes, there was so much of that going on with people like Heusinger, Walschaerts, Mallet and von Borries, Schmidt, Flamme and of course Francis William Webb.

QUOTE H.P.M. Beames the last locomotive superintendent of the LNWR, was once asked where the inspiration of the Claughton 4-6-0 Locomotive Class came from; was it Flamme in Belgium, Schmidt in Germany, or another continental designer? Beames was astonished by this early example of the now common British disease of accepting second-best as the preferred standard. "Flamme? Schmidt?" he said "It's pure Webb!"
 
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