• The History Of The Rail Transport (Railway Freight Yards Industry)

    A rail yard railway yard or railroad yard is the US term for a complex series of railroad tracks for storing, sorting, or loading/unloading, railroad cars an. A rail yard railway yard or railroad yard is the US term for a complex series of railroad tracks for storing, sorting, or loading/unloading, railroad cars an. New York Central Railroad (NYC) publicity film from the late 1940's, part of their Running the Railroad series. Archival footage shows freight yards of all. True HD Direct Film Transfers - NO UPCONVERSIONS! The Story of Transportation - This 1928 film dramat.

    published: 27 Nov 2014
  • The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History 214

    In which John Green teaches you about railroads, and some of the ways they changed the world, and how they were a sort of microcosm for the Industrial Revolution as a whole. Prior to the invention of steam powered railroads, pretty much all locomotion had been muscle-powered. You either walked where you wanted to go, or rode on an animal to get where you were going. The railroad changed human perception of time and space, making long distance travel much faster and easier. Railroads also changed habits, including increasing reading. People needed some sort of distraction to ensure they didn't have to talk to other people on the train. Like any new technology, railroads also scared people. All kinds of fears surrounded rail travel, but over time, people got over them. And the quality of boi...

    published: 01 Nov 2014
  • The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaI59Uhzg6A7Ckx5tiSNJMQ/videos

    published: 18 Dec 2014
  • The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

    The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY) The remarkable story of greed, innovation and gritty determination to build a ...

    published: 17 Dec 2015
  • Early Locomotives: One Hundred Years of Railroad Development 1927 Eastman Kodak Company

    more at http://travel.quickfound.net/railroad_news.html 'Made at the Pageant of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad "The Fair of the Iron Horse"... History of transportation.' Includes famous locomotives Tom Thumb, York, DeWitt Clinton, Atlantic, Thomas Jefferson, Memnon, Thatcher Perkins, & J.C. Davis. Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Independence and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_and_Ohio_Railroad ...In 1927 B&O celebrated its centennial with the Fair of the Iron Ho...

    published: 25 Sep 2013
  • History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV

    History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV A locomotive or engine is a rail transport vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine,[1] first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines. A locomotive has no payload capacity of its own, and its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks.[2] In contrast, some trains have self-propelled payload-carrying vehicles. These are not normally considered locomotives, and may be referred to as multiple units, motor coaches or railcars. The use of these self-propelled vehicles is increasingly common f...

    published: 17 Jun 2016
  • Railroad & Locomotive History - Early 1900s Steam & Electric Rail Transport

    King of the Rails - 1915 - Includes steam locomotive history, the DeWitt Clinton replica, and electric rail Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific rail lines.

    published: 11 Jun 2016
  • U.S. Railroad History Map 1830 - 1990s

    U.S. Railroad History Map 1830 - 1990s

    published: 22 Jul 2008
  • Tracks Through Time: Michigan Railroads - History and Impact (2008)

    Railroads were vital to Michigan's growth, fostering the settlement of new towns and the rise of many of the state's industries. The train forever changed the way people lived as fresh food could be shipped great distances and communication gaps between cities miles apart could be bridged. Above all, the railroads broadened people's view of the world and their place in it because, for the first time, people were now afforded a new freedom -- the ability to be mobile. Trains allowed people to move more freely to find work, start a new life, or embrace the concept of traveling for pleasure. Eric Jylha hosts.

    published: 09 Jul 2013
  • Building the Transcontinental Railroad

    This video was created by Jenny Jarvis and Nikki Mecham. It is a Digital Story that was created mainly for the fourth grade. It talks about the Transcontinental Railroad from the perspective of a young girl whose father was a Chinese Laborer.

    published: 08 Mar 2012
  • Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

    Visit Study.com for thousands more videos like this one. You'll get full access to our interactive quizzes and transcripts and can find out how to use our videos to earn real college credit. YouTube hosts only the first few lessons in each course. The rest are at Study.com. Take the next step in your educational future and graduate with less debt and in less time.

    published: 31 Dec 2013
  • The Underground Railroad Full Documentary

    https://www.facebook.com/Blackisreallybeautiful/ http://blackisreallybeautiful.wordpress.com http://assoblackisreallybeautiful.wordpress.com http://www.pinterest.com/adinaebony http://blackisreallybeautiful.tumblr.com Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

    published: 09 Nov 2013
  • Klondike Alaska: A Rail History

    For most people, railroads in Alaska and the Yukon are synonymous with the Alaska Railroad and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad whose passenger cars provide tourists with vistas of awe-inspiring terrain. That same terrain provided enormous challenges for early settlers of both territories. Railroads were an integral part of overcoming those challenges. Dozens of other railroads also laid track in Alaska, the Yukon, and northwest British Columbia and provided the means to transport supplies to settlements and to transport the region’s raw materials to outside markets. Klondike Alaska charts the history of many of those railroads. ©KUAC 2005 DVD's of this program are available for purchase at www.kuac.org.

    published: 21 Jun 2016
  • Trains & Railroadin' - 1941 History of Railroads in the United States of America - WDTVLIVE42

    1940's educational film produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads. The film gives an overview of the history and operation of Railroads in the United States. You'll see steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger operations, as well as behind the scenes action the general public was not normally able to view. For trivia buffs: you'll notice there is an umlaut in "coöperation" when shown in the opening credits - this was quite common until the 1940's. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States). Where appropriate, the AAR represents its members' interests to the public at large and ...

    published: 10 Apr 2011
  • The Transcontinental Railroad

    published: 22 Jan 2015
  • Railroad History: "King of the Rails" 1915 General Electric

    more at http://travel.quickfound.net/railroad_news.html "The history of railroading through 1915, including film of the DeWitt Clinton replica in operation, horse-drawn streetcars and elevated rail in New York City, and the electrification of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific rail line." Silent. Public domain film slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport Including systems with man or horse power, and tracks or guides made of stone or wood, the history of rail transport dates to as early as Greek times. Wagonways were relatively common in Europe (typically in mining) from about 1500 through 1800. Mecha...

    published: 27 Apr 2013
The History Of The Rail Transport (Railway Freight Yards Industry)

The History Of The Rail Transport (Railway Freight Yards Industry)

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A rail yard railway yard or railroad yard is the US term for a complex series of railroad tracks for storing, sorting, or loading/unloading, railroad cars an. A rail yard railway yard or railroad yard is the US term for a complex series of railroad tracks for storing, sorting, or loading/unloading, railroad cars an. New York Central Railroad (NYC) publicity film from the late 1940's, part of their Running the Railroad series. Archival footage shows freight yards of all. True HD Direct Film Transfers - NO UPCONVERSIONS! The Story of Transportation - This 1928 film dramat.
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The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History 214

The Railroad Journey and the Industrial Revolution: Crash Course World History 214

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In which John Green teaches you about railroads, and some of the ways they changed the world, and how they were a sort of microcosm for the Industrial Revolution as a whole. Prior to the invention of steam powered railroads, pretty much all locomotion had been muscle-powered. You either walked where you wanted to go, or rode on an animal to get where you were going. The railroad changed human perception of time and space, making long distance travel much faster and easier. Railroads also changed habits, including increasing reading. People needed some sort of distraction to ensure they didn't have to talk to other people on the train. Like any new technology, railroads also scared people. All kinds of fears surrounded rail travel, but over time, people got over them. And the quality of boiler manufacturing improved, so the trains exploded less often, which also made people feel safer. You can directly support Crash Course at https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse Subscribe for as little as $0 to keep up with everything we're doing. Free is nice, but if you can afford to pay a little every month, it really helps us to continue producing this content.
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The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

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The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY)

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The Transcontinental Railroad (AMAZING AMERICAN HISTORY DOCUMENTARY) The remarkable story of greed, innovation and gritty determination to build a ...
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Early Locomotives: One Hundred Years of Railroad Development 1927 Eastman Kodak Company

Early Locomotives: One Hundred Years of Railroad Development 1927 Eastman Kodak Company

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more at http://travel.quickfound.net/railroad_news.html 'Made at the Pageant of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad "The Fair of the Iron Horse"... History of transportation.' Includes famous locomotives Tom Thumb, York, DeWitt Clinton, Atlantic, Thomas Jefferson, Memnon, Thatcher Perkins, & J.C. Davis. Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Independence and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_and_Ohio_Railroad ...In 1927 B&O celebrated its centennial with the Fair of the Iron Horse, a pageant and exhibition at Halethorpe, Maryland. Much of the rolling stock exhibited there was from B&O's museum collection, which formed the nucleus of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, one of the earliest railroad museums.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B&O_Railroad_Museum The B&O Railroad Museum is a museum exhibiting historic railroad equipment in Baltimore, Maryland, originally named the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum when it opened on July 4, 1953. It has been called one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures in the world and has the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the U.S. The museum is located in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's old Mount Clare Station and adjacent roundhouse, part of the B&O's sprawling Mount Clare Shops site begun in 1829, the oldest railroad manufacturing complex in the United States. Mount Clare is considered to be a birthplace of American railroading, as the site of the first regular railroad passenger service in the U.S., beginning on May 22, 1830... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rail_transport ...Railroads (as they are known in the US) were built on a far larger scale than those in Continental Europe, both in terms of the distances covered and also in the loading gauge adopted, which allowed for heavier locomotives and double-deck trains. The railroad era in the United States began in 1830 when Peter Cooper's locomotive, Tom Thumb, first steamed along 13 miles (21 km) of Baltimore and Ohio railroad track. In 1833, the nation's second railroad ran 136 miles (219 km) from Charleston to Hamburg in South Carolina. Not until the 1850s, though, did railroads offer long distance service at reasonable rates. A journey from Philadelphia to Charleston involved eight different gauges, which meant that passengers and freight had to change trains seven times. Only at places like Bowling Green, Kentucky, the railroads were connected to one another. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad that opened in 1830 was the first to evolve from a single line to a network in the United States. By 1831, a steam railway connected Albany and Schenectady, New York, a distance of 16 miles, which was covered in 40 minutes. The years between 1850 and 1890 saw phenomenal growth in the US railroad system, which at its peak constituted one third of the world's total mileage. Although the American Civil War placed a temporary halt to major new developments, the conflict did demonstrate the enormous strategic importance of railways at times of war. After the war, major developments include the first elevated railway built in New York in 1867 as well as the symbolically important first transcontinental railroad completed in 1869...
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History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV

History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV

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History Of Steam Locomotives Documentary - History TV A locomotive or engine is a rail transport vehicle that provides the motive power for a train. The word originates from the Latin loco – "from a place", ablative of locus, "place" + Medieval Latin motivus, "causing motion", and is a shortened form of the term locomotive engine,[1] first used in the early 19th century to distinguish between mobile and stationary steam engines. A locomotive has no payload capacity of its own, and its sole purpose is to move the train along the tracks.[2] In contrast, some trains have self-propelled payload-carrying vehicles. These are not normally considered locomotives, and may be referred to as multiple units, motor coaches or railcars. The use of these self-propelled vehicles is increasingly common for passenger trains, but rare for freight (see CargoSprinter). Vehicles which provide motive power to haul an unpowered train, but are not generally considered locomotives because they have payload space or are rarely detached from their trains, are known as power cars. Traditionally, locomotives pulled trains from the front. However, push-pull operation has become common, where the train may have a locomotive (or locomotives) at the front, at the rear, or at each end. Prior to locomotives, the motive force for railroads had been generated by various lower-technology methods such as human power, horse power, gravity or stationary engines that drove cable systems. The first successful locomotives were built by Cornish inventor Richard Trevithick. In 1804 his unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. Although the locomotive hauled a train of 10 long tons (11.2 short tons; 10.2 t) of iron and 70 passengers in five wagons over nine miles (14 km), it was too heavy for the cast iron rails used at the time. Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Locomotive Subscribe For More Documentary Films: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsc7tosS2c0T-4_y94j23vw?sub_confirmation=1
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Railroad & Locomotive History - Early 1900s Steam & Electric Rail Transport

Railroad & Locomotive History - Early 1900s Steam & Electric Rail Transport

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King of the Rails - 1915 - Includes steam locomotive history, the DeWitt Clinton replica, and electric rail Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific rail lines.
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U.S. Railroad History Map 1830 - 1990s

U.S. Railroad History Map 1830 - 1990s

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Tracks Through Time: Michigan Railroads - History and Impact (2008)

Tracks Through Time: Michigan Railroads - History and Impact (2008)

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Railroads were vital to Michigan's growth, fostering the settlement of new towns and the rise of many of the state's industries. The train forever changed the way people lived as fresh food could be shipped great distances and communication gaps between cities miles apart could be bridged. Above all, the railroads broadened people's view of the world and their place in it because, for the first time, people were now afforded a new freedom -- the ability to be mobile. Trains allowed people to move more freely to find work, start a new life, or embrace the concept of traveling for pleasure. Eric Jylha hosts.
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Building the Transcontinental Railroad

Building the Transcontinental Railroad

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This video was created by Jenny Jarvis and Nikki Mecham. It is a Digital Story that was created mainly for the fourth grade. It talks about the Transcontinental Railroad from the perspective of a young girl whose father was a Chinese Laborer.
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Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

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Visit Study.com for thousands more videos like this one. You'll get full access to our interactive quizzes and transcripts and can find out how to use our videos to earn real college credit. YouTube hosts only the first few lessons in each course. The rest are at Study.com. Take the next step in your educational future and graduate with less debt and in less time.
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The Underground Railroad Full Documentary

The Underground Railroad Full Documentary

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Klondike Alaska: A Rail History

Klondike Alaska: A Rail History

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For most people, railroads in Alaska and the Yukon are synonymous with the Alaska Railroad and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad whose passenger cars provide tourists with vistas of awe-inspiring terrain. That same terrain provided enormous challenges for early settlers of both territories. Railroads were an integral part of overcoming those challenges. Dozens of other railroads also laid track in Alaska, the Yukon, and northwest British Columbia and provided the means to transport supplies to settlements and to transport the region’s raw materials to outside markets. Klondike Alaska charts the history of many of those railroads. ©KUAC 2005 DVD's of this program are available for purchase at www.kuac.org.
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Trains & Railroadin' - 1941 History of Railroads in the United States of America - WDTVLIVE42

Trains & Railroadin' - 1941 History of Railroads in the United States of America - WDTVLIVE42

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1940's educational film produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads. The film gives an overview of the history and operation of Railroads in the United States. You'll see steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger operations, as well as behind the scenes action the general public was not normally able to view. For trivia buffs: you'll notice there is an umlaut in "coöperation" when shown in the opening credits - this was quite common until the 1940's. The Association of American Railroads (AAR) is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States). Where appropriate, the AAR represents its members' interests to the public at large and to Congress and government regulators in particular. The AAR works to improve the efficiency, safety and service of the railroad industry AAR was created October 12, 1934 by the merger of five industry-related groups: the American Railway Association, the Association of Railway Executives, the Bureau of Railroad Economics, the Railway Accounting Officers Association, and the Railway Treasury Officers Association. . . WDTVLIVE42 - Transport, technology, and general interest movies from the past - newsreels, documentaries & publicity films from my archives. #Trains #Railways #Railroads #RailTransport #Transport
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The Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad

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Railroad History: "King of the Rails" 1915 General Electric

Railroad History: "King of the Rails" 1915 General Electric

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more at http://travel.quickfound.net/railroad_news.html "The history of railroading through 1915, including film of the DeWitt Clinton replica in operation, horse-drawn streetcars and elevated rail in New York City, and the electrification of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific rail line." Silent. Public domain film slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport Including systems with man or horse power, and tracks or guides made of stone or wood, the history of rail transport dates to as early as Greek times. Wagonways were relatively common in Europe (typically in mining) from about 1500 through 1800. Mechanised rail transport systems first appeared in England in the 1820s. These systems, which made use of the steam locomotive, were critical to the Industrial revolution and to the development of export economies across the world. They remained the primary form of land transport ever since for most of the world... ...Wagonways (or 'tramways') are thought to have developed in Germany in the 1550s to facilitate the transport of ore tubs to and from mines, utilising primitive wooden rails. Such an operation was illustrated in 1556 by Georgius Agricola... In the late 1760s, the Coalbrookdale Company began to fix plates of cast iron to the upper surface of the wooden rails. These (and earlier railways) had flanged wheels as on modern railways, but another system was introduced, in which unflanged wheels ran on L-shaped metal plates -- these became known as plateways. John Curr, a Sheffield colliery manager, invented this flanged rail, though the exact date of this is disputed. The plate rail was taken up by Benjamin Outram for wagonways serving his canals, manufacturing them at his Butterley ironworks. Meanwhile William Jessop, a civil engineer, had used a form of edge rail successfully for an extension to the Charnwood Forest Canal at Nanpantan, Loughborough, Leicestershire in 1789. Jessop became a partner in the Butterley Company in 1790. The flanged wheel eventually proved its superiority due to its performance on curves, and the composite iron/wood rail was replaced by all metal rail, with its vastly superior stiffness, durability, and safety. The introduction of the Bessemer process for making cheap steel led to the era of great expansion of railways that began in the late 1860s. Steel rails lasted several times longer than iron... The first working model of a steam rail locomotive was designed and constructed by John Fitch in the United States in 1794. The first full scale working railway steam locomotive was built in the United Kingdom in 1804 by Richard Trevithick, an English engineer born in Cornwall... On 21 February 1804 the world's first railway journey took place as Trevithick's unnamed steam locomotive hauled a train along the tramway of the Penydarren ironworks, near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales... The first commercially successful steam locomotive was Matthew Murray's rack locomotive Salamanca built for the narrow gauge Middleton Railway in 1812... Railroads played a large role in the development of the United States from the industrial revolution in the North-east 1810-50 to the colonization of the West 1850-1890. The American railroad mania began with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1828 and flourished until the Panic of 1873 bankrupted many companies and temporarily ended growth. Although the South started early to build railways, it concentrated on short lines linking cotton regions to oceanic or river ports, and the absence of an interconnected network was a major handicap during the Civil War. The North and Midwest constructed networks that linked every city by 1860. In the heavily settled the Midwestern Corn Belt, over 80 percent of farms were within 5 miles of a railway... The system was largely built by 1910, but then trucks arrived to eat away the freight traffic, and automobiles (and later airplanes) to devour the passenger traffic. The use of diesel electric locomotives (after 1940) made for much more efficient operations that needed fewer workers on the road and in repair shops. Mileage Route mileage peaked at 254,000 in 1916 and fell to 140,000 in 2009. In 1830, there were about 75 miles (121 km) of railroad track, in short lines linked to coal and granite mines.). After this, railroad lines grew rapidly... By 1890 the national system was virtually complete with 164,000 miles (264,000 km)... ...in January 1888, Richmond, Virginia served as American proving grounds for electric railways as Frank Sprague built an electric streetcar system there. By the 1890s, electric power became practical and more widespread, allowing extensive underground railways. Large cities such as London, New York, and Paris built subway systems.
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