Railroads were a big part of the American history. Before people cross borders via railways, coals and rocks were transported via carts that traverse metal and wooden tracks. During the early 1800s, America’s railway system became popular because of the convenience it brings. Not only people were carried from one point to another, but also farm goods and products. This being said, not everyone was happy about this. Physicists were not comfortable about the effect of high speed to our body. In addition, there were clergymen who said that this form of mass transport is not included in God’s plan for us.
Influences of the Railroads
Thanks to the steam engine and railroad tracks, the world’s first travel agency was established in 1841. As per History, an English Baptist minister arranged a trip via trains for some 540 parishioners headed towards London. The “travel package” includes the tickets and a decent meal. Due to the overwhelming success of the said arrangement, the minister expanded his business all throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.
Another thing that we should be grateful about railroads is today’s standardized time zones. In 1883, the United States adopted this system, which was first embraced by the British. During the General Time Convention, five time zones were instituted across the country. These were the Eastern, Pacific, Mountain and Central. Years later, the Intercontinental Time Zone was also adopted, which then became today’s Atlantic Time Zone. With this development, railway companies can now synchronize a scheduled time of arrival and departure, and connecting time.
The earliest steam trains also paved the way to a faster modern-day trains. Japan became the pioneer of bullet trains, which are capable of travelling at 130 mph. Later on, other industrialized nations, such as France and Germany, began operating faster bullet trains. These developments made travel and trade a lot faster and convenient.
Trains, Railroads and Beyond
A lot of communities, cities and states in the United States became what they are today because of the railroad system. For instance, Pennsylvania owed it to the trains on how it transformed as an industrial giant. Although centuries have passed, railroading in the country is still burgeoning. These railroad tracks symbolize the transportation sector’s rich history and became the basis of the future’s transport system.