Thomas Edison Gives a Demonstration of His Electric Railway at Menlo Park – 13 May 1880

Posted on May 12th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

On 13 May 1880, ‘the Wizard of Menlo Park’ (aka Thomas Edison) gave a demonstration of his electric railway to a few lucky passengers at Menlo Park.

To mark the day, here is a newspaper report on the demo, which also contains some thoughts about what the future might hold for electric railways.

historical newspaper story about thomas edison

Tamworth Herald – Saturday 19 June 1880

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