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Il était une fois - Les découvreurs
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Il était une fois - Les découvreurs (Once Upon a Time - The Discoverers) focuses on two famous scientists—the astronomer Galileo Galilei and the engineer George Stephenson, who invented the steam locomotive.

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Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 1

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In the series "Once Upon a Time... the Discoverers," the Maestro lets off some steam. Some two thousand years ago, Heron invented the steam machine in Alexandria, but it took two millenia to perfect the invention and put it to practical use.

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 2

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

In part two of this series, "Once upon a Time... the Discoverers," Maestro talks about Cugnot, the inventor of the steam traction engine.

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 3

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

Years of research and trial and error culminated in the invention of the first locomotive on rails. Not bad for a father-and-son experiment. That's what Murdoch and his son George achieved in 1797.

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 4

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

George Stephenson tries out his invention, a steam locomotive. He allows his son, Robert, to ride on it as long as he stays on the edge of the carriage and gets ready to jump off if the rails buckle under the weight of the locomotive... which they do. Luckily his son followed his instructions!

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 5

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

The future of the railroad depends on whether George Stephenson's locomotive, 38 cars long, will run or not. The local townspeople debate whether it will go full speed ahead or not budge at all due to its size.

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 6

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

France

This next part of the Il était une fois series on George Stephenson deals with the Rainhill Trials, a competition that determined what kind of trains (steam engines or locomotives) would be used on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.

Il était une fois - Les découvreurs - 13. Stephenson - Part 7

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

France

This last part of the Il était une fois episode on George Stephenson deals with the Rainhill Trials, a competition that determined what kind of trains (steam engines or locomotives) would be used on the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Stephenson proves to be the best competitor.

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