I once heard from a Rabbi in a Nach lesson that King Solomon made the first train, however, the Rabbi cannot remember where the exact source.

Can anyone help?

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    Prob. referring to R. Yosef Hayyim’s novel interpretation in his Benayahu on Gittin (IIRC, 68a). (FTR, “steam locomotive” might be more accurate, following his piece.)
    – Oliver
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 20:03
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    You beat me to it Oliver :) Check the Artscroll Gittin on 68a in the footnotes (#13) who brings the Benayahu as Oliver said: "See Benayahu who suggests that Solomon had discovered certain principles of modern science ....was able to build himself a motorized coach." Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 20:11
  • Related not-yet-answered question: What technology did King Solomon have?
    – Rish
    Commented Dec 12, 2018 at 10:17

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The Ben Yehoyada (on "shiddim v'shiddos, Koheles) says that Shlomo built himself trains that went so fast as to seem demonic (hence "shiddim").

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    Do you mean to Gittin 68a, where this passuk is quoted? I didn’t think Ben Yehoyada commented on Tanach.
    – DonielF
    Commented Dec 13, 2018 at 8:43
  • Can you link to where he actually said this?
    – Zarka
    Commented Jun 7, 2022 at 15:49

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