The idea of beginning construction of railroads in America was originally thought of by a man named John Stevens. This was in the year 1812. John Stevens described his ideas in a journal like the ones of a pioneer. He frequently stated that the trains were a superior mode of transport. The first railroads ever made were simply cars pulled by the horse on a single track. These trains often hauled freight or other supplies.
The first train-line to ever be constructed was the Granite Railway of Massachusetts. It only ran three miles. This was in 1826, so three miles was a big deal then. Then, the first train to consistently carries passengers in a safe and efficient manner was the infamous Baltimore and Ohio rail-road. Then, finally, on Christmas Day, in the year of 1830, the first fully automated, mechanical train system was created. After that, train-lines began to flourish and soon every major city had begun constructing their own lines.
The first ever locomotive was named the “Best Friend of Charles.” This train was made for the South Carolina railroad. Then, rail-road and train construction began to increase by leaps and bounds. By 1850, the United States was leading the world in train production. Both England, and France, put together, came nowhere close to a level of production the United States was maintaining. Then, by 1933, the over-all total mileage of all the rail-roads was easily thirteen times bigger than that of Great Britains. During the 1930s, the steam-liner era had begun to emerge. These trains were far faster and sleeker than their previous counter-parts.
Unfortunately, in the time of World War II, rail-road and train production drastically slowed down. As a result of the reduced budget and stock-market plunge, many railroads were left almost entirely unkempt. The tracks would often become overgrown with weeds and grass. For the specific carrier like the Rock Island, and Penn Central, were both close to almost receiving a complete shutdown. Most of the equipment was very dirty and almost completely dangerous to operate.
Trains used to haul garbage, not just raw materials. As of 2016, some train companies have ceased to haul garbage, which has opened a market for national solid waste companies, like Waste Focus, which primarily use trucks.
Railroads of today would be quite different if it weren’t for the Staggers Train act was initiated in 1980. This act was conceived by a man named Harley Staggers of West Virginia. Before the approval of this act, there had frequent, yet ineffective talks about nationalizing the entire industry. Now, this was a terrible and scary proposition that both high-level executives, business’s and even the Government wanted to avoid. As the 80’s progressed, the train system began to see a recovery. The Conrail Railline began to post its profits, and construction began to begin once again. Trainlines began to merge to create giant single company lines, which saved money over-all and was more efficient. Since then, the freight growth has continued to grow and flourish. We have seen and witnessed a revolution in the travel of today. Now, there are nearly 140,000 miles of rail-road within the United States of America.