All Aboard!!!!

By: David Kaiser

Advantages/ Disadvantages

Advantages: The railroad is a very good way to get around. We still use trains to get around today. They can haul a lot of passengers and make multiple stops. Trains are also used for shipping goods. They ship coal, cattle, and grains.

Disadvantages: Coal was used to fuel the engine. Coal cost a lot so it costs a lot to ride one. It also costs a lot to make the tracks for the trains. The rails for the tracks aren't that flexible so you basically have to be on a straight line to your destination.

Railroad History

Colonel John Stevens

He is considered the father of American Railroads. In 1826 he demonstrated the steam locomotive on a circular track in his yard. The first railroad charter in North America was granted to John. This lead to the construction of the first operational railroad in North America.