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Inventors & History

  • 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.
  • Roads of rails called Wagonways were being used in Germany as early as 1550. These primitive railed roads consisted of wooden rails over which horse-drawn wagons or carts moved with greater ease than over dirt roads. Wagonways were the beginnings of modern railroads.

1800's Trains and Railroads


  • Easy Access
  • Speed
  • Scenery
  • Goods transported faster
  • Large numbers of people at once


  • Dirty
  • Dangerous
  • Many accidents
  • Rear end and head on collisions
  • Not all railroads used the same gauge track
Very old trains and locomotives from 1800 to 1930 (real footage)

North Dakota Railroads

  • The Great Northern Railway, established in 1889 from several predecessor railroads in Minnesota, began to make its way through North Dakota in the 1890s. The Great Northern track traveled across northern North Dakota, with a mainline that ran over 1,700 miles from Minneapolis to the west coast, reaching Seattle in 1893.
  • Between 1871 when the Northern Pacific entered northern Dakota Territory and 1889 when North Dakota became a state, the railroad companies laid 2,093 miles of track.
  • The railroads built hundreds of miles of branch lines, tracks that ran to areas north and south from the main line. Northern Dakota became a gigantic web of railroad tracks.