History of transportation in the united states before 1860 (1917) pp 366–72 online 698pp encyclopedic coverage railroads by state pp 319–550 google edition middleton, william d ed (2007) encyclopedia of north american railroads.
Railroad history in the united states is nearly as old as the country itself, dating back to the mid-1820s as we know, this great nation would not have grown and prospered as it did without the railroads, which brought together the young country and allowed for unprecedented prosperity.
Heritage railroads in the western united states heritage railroads throughout the west operate passenger trains along a section of original right of way, often using vintage railway cars and locomotives, for the public's learning and enjoyment. The impact of the railroad on the geographic, economic, and political futures of the united states was enormous, not just because of the sheer physicality of the construction of the transcontinental railroad connecting the entire continent east to west in 1869. If railroads did not move freight in the united states it would take over 120 million additional trucks traveling on public roadways and would take four times more fuel than rail to handle the freight americans rely on every day.
Heritage railroads in the western united states heritage railroads throughout the west operate passenger trains along a section of original right of way, often using vintage railway cars and locomotives, for the public's learning and enjoymentpreservation, research and interpretation of these historic railway lines provide passengers with a first hand experience riding the railroad and help. In 1862, the pacific railroad act chartered the central pacific and the union pacific railroad companies, and tasked them with building a transcontinental railroad that would link the united. The beginnings of american railroads and mapping railways were introduced in england in the seventeenth century as a way to reduce friction in moving heavily loaded wheeled vehicles the first north american gravity road, as it was called, was erected in 1764 for military purposes at the niagara portage in lewiston, new york.
By the 1890s, the united states was becoming an urban nation, and railroads supplied cities and towns with food, fuel, building materials, and access to markets the simple presence of railroads could bring a city economic prosperity.
The united states has also discussed installing a high-speed rail between san francisco and los angeles and on the east coast between boston and washington, dc electric engines and advancements in train transport technologies have since allowed humans to travel at speeds of up to 320 miles per hour. 1827 – railway between baltimore and ohio river in virginia became first of many westward railroads in the united states in the beginning trains were powered by wind power, horses, and even horses that were stationed on trains themselves, who walked on the treadmills which powered carriage wheels. The first regular carrier of passengers and freight was the baltimore and ohio railroad, completed on february 28, 1827 it was not until christmas day, 1830, when the south carolina canal and railroad company completed the first mechanical passenger train, that the modern railroad industry was born.