09/05/1904 The first steam locomotive in Europe breaks 100 mph
SOLE SLIP: 'City Of Truro'
The GWR 3700 Class steam locomotive No. 3440 City of Truro was built in 1903 for the Great Western Railway at Swindon Works to a design by George Jackson Churchward. Despite being a point of contention, some consider the locomotive to be the first to attain a speed of 100 miles per hour during a run from Plymouth to London Paddington in 1904.