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09/05/1904 The first steam locomotive in Europe breaks 100 mph

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.