Railroad Rides

There pretty cool

History

The first trains started running in the 1830s by the East Coast. By the 1840s, the nation's railway networks extended throughout the East, South, and Midwest, and the idea of building a railroad across the nation to the Pacific gained momentum

Advantages

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

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

iii. It helps in the industrialization process of a country by easy transportation of coal and raw-materials at a cheaper rate.

iv. It helps in the quick movement of goods from one place to another at the time of emergencies like famines and scarcity.

v. It encourages mobility of labour ad thereby provides a great scope for employment.

Disadvantages

i. The railway requires a large investment of capital. The cost of construction, maintenance and overhead expenses are very high as compared to other modes of transport

ii. Another disadvantages of railway transport is its inflexibility. It routes and timings cannot be adjusted to individual requirements.

Inventors

The railroad was first developed in Great Britain. A man named George Stephenson.

Importance to settling the west

To encourage development of rail lines westward, the government offered railroad companies massive land grants and bonds. Railroads received millions of acres of public lands and sold that land to generate money for the construction of the railroads.
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