The Industrial Revolution

RAILROADS by: Audrey Walker

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1804

In 1804, the first steamed powered locomotive ran on an industrial rail line in brittian. it pulled 10 tons of ore and 70 people at 5 miles per hours. Better ones followed.

The Rocket

One called the Rocket was used on the first public railway line. The Rocket sped along at 16 miles per hour pulling a 40 ton train.

1840

In 1840, brittian had almost 2,000 miles of railroads.

1850

By 1850, more than 6,000 miles of railroad track crisscrossed much of that country.

Creation of new jobs

Building railroads created for farm laborers and peasants.

Lower priced goods

Less expensive transportation led to lower-priced goods, thus creating larger markets. More sales meant more factories and more machinery.

Business owners reinvest

Business owners could reinvest their profits in new equipment, adding to the growth of the economy.