By: Cole FOster

Railroad History

If you were in North Dakota up to 1960's if you were in a town you would be on the railroad. President Abraham Lincoln signed the Northern Pacific Railroad Land Grant, which is the largest land grant in American History.

Railroad Advantages

1. It facilitate long distance travel and transport of bulky goods which are not easily transported through motor vehicles.

2. It is a quick and more regular form of transport because it helps in the transportation of goods with speed and certainty.

3. The carrying capacity of the railways is extremely large. Moreover, its capacity is elastic which can easily be increased by adding more wagons.

4. Railway is the safest form of transport. The chances of accidents and breakdown of railways are minimum as compared to other modes of transport. Moreover, the traffic can be protected from the exposure to sun, rain snow etc.

Railroad Disavantages

1. The railroad costs way to much and invests in a lot of money for the capital to pay.

2. The railroad doesn't have very good flexibility because its timing and routes don't meet individual requirements.

3.It involves a lot of time and labor in booking and taking delivery goods through railroads as compared to motor transportation.

4. Railway transport is unsuitable for short distance and small loads.

Railroad Inventor

  1. The railroad was first developed in Great Britain. A man named George Stephenson successfully applied the steam technology of the day and created the world's first successful locomotive. The first engines used in the United States were purchased from the Stephenson Works in England.

How the Railroad impacted North Dakota

It made it easier to travel from a city to a different city. It made it faster to travel from North Dakota to the west. It also made it way easier to move heavier equipment to a another place father away instead of using a motor vehicle which can't carry heavier things or as much things at once like a train can.

Importance to setting in the west

It was easier for people to get to the west because you didn't have to worry about being attacked or killed by traveling by a wagon on the trail. It was way faster than doing it by wagon and a lot more save. It is way saver traveling by train then to travel by wagon.
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