Elijah McCoy
Elijah can create, shape and manipulate steam.
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When Elijah was studying at Edinburgh University he became fascinated with Trains. One day during a routine maintenance of a train, Dr Fossil Fuel ignited an oil spill which combined with an overloaded computer system and exploded. Elijah gained his superpowers that day. Elijah soon discovered he could control Steam and used his ability to try and get revenge against Dr Fossil Fuel.
In the background is Edinburgh Castle. At age 15 Elijah was sent to Scotland for an apprenticeship and was later certified as mechanical engineer.
Elijah's shield is the Smoke box door of a train. This was the hinged circular door on steam engines that allowed service access to the smoke box to fix air leaks and remove char.
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Elijah died in Michigan, on October 10, 1929.
Elijah invented an automatic lubricator for oiling the steam engines of locomotives
John Ramsbottom was an English mechanical engineer. He made steam locomotives in the 1800s.
Many trains are now powered by electricity, which is why we chose electricty as Elijah's weakness.
Full name: Elijah J. McCoy
Born: 1844
Died: 1929
Occupation: Inventor
Elijah was a Canadian engineer. His most famous invention helped trains run faster.
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Elijah's family moved to America when he was a boy and they arranged for Elijah to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. When he returned to America he had trouble finding work so he became a fireman with the Michigan Central Railroad. One of his duties was oiling steam engine parts. In 1872, he developed an automatic lubricator that spread oil evenly over a train's engine while it was still moving. The invention allowed trains to run for long periods of time without stopping. The phrase "the real McCoy" is thought to be linked to Elijah.
Mechanical engineers is to design and develop new systems and technologies that can be used to extend our physical abilities and simplify our lives.
Video credit: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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Fun Facts about Steam Engines
Thomas Savery built the first steam engine in 1698.
Coal is a dirty fuel which is why people don't use steam engines very much anymore.
A fun, informative animation that describes the major parts of a train and the process of converting coal-fueled steam to kinetic energy.
How do Steam Engines Work?
Video credit: Fun Station 4 Kids
The Dr. Binocs Show covers the invention of the train.
How was the Train Invented?
Many trains are now powered by electricity, which is cleaner.
Steam engines powered trains, boats and even huge ships. The Titanic was steam powered!
Video credit: Peekaboo Kidz
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