#3 Walter Aiken

Bicentennial Admin 200 Things about Norwich, Norwich Firsts

The first Cog Railway was designed and built by Norwich alumnus Walter Aiken. Born in Dracut, Mass., Aiken began tinkering in his father’s machine-shop at an early age and had a natural talent for mechanics. Aiken, who attended Norwich from 1850-1852, took out more than forty patents. At the age of 22 he invented and built one of the first …