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Title: The CamdenAmboy Railroad


1
The Camden-Amboy Railroad
  • and the John Bull Train

2
The Camden-Amboy Railroad was built to transport
people and freight to the port cities of
Philadelphia and NYC.
  • Ferry boats took people from Philadelphia to
    Camden, NJ to the train.
  • The train ran across central New Jersey to the
    port city of Perth Amboy.
  • There freight could be loaded on boats to Europe
    or people could travel by
    ferry to New York.

3
The Stevens Family
  • Colonel John Stevens, often referred to as the
    father of American Railroading was a strong
    advocate for new types of travel using steam
    engines.
  • His steamboat Phoenix ran between Philadelphia
    and Trenton starting in 1809.

4
In 1825 Colonel John Stevens had a steam waggon
built, which ran on rails.
  • Colonel Stevens used his knowledge and fortune to
    promote railroads, first in New Jersey and then
    in Pennsylvania.
  • Mr. John Buckelew, a prominent businessman,
    shared the dream of transporting goods by rail
    and bought his house and lands to be
    part of the new venture.

5
Robert Stevens
  • The Colonels son, Robert Stevens, imported a
    steam locomotive engine from Liverpool, England.
  • It arrived in pieces and without instructions.
  • Mechanic Isaac Dripps and his crew had never seen
    a locomotive before, but knew steamboats and
    assembled the engine.

6
On November 12, 1831 the locomotive pulled
several cars full of politicians over a short
distance of track.
  • Several months later enough track was laid to
    allow regular service.
  • Construction continued through the spring of 1833
    to continue the track the rest of the way to
    Perth Amboy.
  • This was the first successful commercial
    railroad in the country.

7
The John Bull
  • During the first few years 15 more locomotives
    were built by the mechanics.
  • The 1 train, from England, was nicknamed the
    John Bull.
  • John Bull is the English version of Uncle
    Sam, or a pretend
    character who represents the
    country England.

8
Come to the Lakeview House to learn more about
early transportation.
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