American Railroads Their Growth and Development Soft Cover AAR 1960 Edition 32 p
American Railroads Their Growth and Development Soft Cover AAR 1960 Edition 32 p

American Railroads Their Growth and Development Soft Cover AAR 1960 Edition 32 p

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American Railroads Their Growth and Development Soft Cover AAR 1960 Edition 32 p
 
American Railroads Their Growth and Development Soft Cover AAR 1960 Edition 32 pages.  
OF all the forms of transportation which have been developed during man's onward march, the one which has contributed most
to the spread of civilization, the creation and diffusion of wealth, the expansion of industries, and improvements in the standard of living, is the railroad. No other industry so fully enters into the everyday life of the American people.
To realize how true this is we have only to consider the important part which railway transportation plays in assembling the materials which go into the production of our homes, the furniture and furnishings with which our homes are fitted, the food we eat, the clothing we wear, and the many other things we use and see about us.
Many of these articles have been brought to us by rail-sometimes for thousands of miles-and if we should trace them back still further, we would find that railway transportation played an important part in assembling the raw materials from which most of them were made. So we see there is a close relationship between railway transportation and the comforts and advantages which we enjoy every hour of the day.
Moreover, railroads have been tremendously important from the broader standpoint of national development. Until the advent of railroads, the nation's inland commerce moved principally upon canals, lakes and navigable rivers when ice, low water or floods did not interfere.
On land, people were dependent upon the stagecoach for long journeys, and the Conestoga wagon for freight haulage. Travel and communication were slow, and the cost of transporting freight long distances by land was often prohibitive. Lack of efficient land transportation retarded agricultural and industrial development and confined trade to small areas.

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