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1830 HORSE POWER RACE

TOM THUMBS UP OR DOWN

US businessman Peter Cooper wanted to show off his invention, a locomotive namedTom Thumb, during its test run on 28 August 1830. So when someone challenged his diminutive train to race one of the more common horse-drawn trains, he happily accepted. Tom Thumb pulled away easily, but came to a grinding halt after a belt slipped, allowing the horse to win. trains, pulled away easily, but grinding halt after a belt slipped grinding halt after a belt slipp allowing the horse to win.

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August 2016 issue of History Revealed.