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  1. wausaubob

    Discussion The change had already occurred.

    The railroads had already changed the US economy by 1860. The deep south had gone all in on cotton, and sugar, and cotton was at that point, primarily an export crop. There had been a large decrease in oat production in 10 years between 1850 and 1860 in the southern states. And the same...
  2. wausaubob

    What was unknown: the impact of railroads.

    http://www.emersonkent.com/map_archive/american_civil_war_railroads.htm Emerson's tremendous map illustrates what was unknown and unknowable in 1860. The northern US had the largest railroad network in the world at that time, and a rapidly growing industry of vendors. The southern US was nearly...
  3. wausaubob

    Age of steel was coming.

    The first experimental application of steel rails for railroads occurred in Derbyshire, England, in 1857. The experiment was replicated in the US in Pennsylvania, in 1864. https://explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-1CA Thus the entire Civil War takes place with the railroad industry...
  4. wausaubob

    They had to have known.

    The railroad industry in both the US and the Confederacy had to have known that the Confederate railroad industry would wear out in about three years. The first demonstration of steel rails took place in Derbyshire, England in 1857 in response the crisis in maintenance costs of high traffic...

    From Liverpool to the Little Schuylkill Railroad, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

    http://www.northeast.railfan.net/phil_reading.html http://chubachus.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-man-posing-on-steam-locomotive-1856.html From CWT poster @chubachus site - please visit to see an animated stereoscopic view...

    Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller

    Trains and open waterways spurred an economic boom in the Antebellum, but they also drove down Americans' health. AP Photo An interesting view point... Weirdly, Canals and Trains Made Pre-Civil-War Americans Smaller Laura Bliss Aug 28, 2018 Why a transportation revolution had some...

    Map of United States military rail roads

    https://tile.loc.gov/image-services/iiif/service:gmd:gmd370:g3701:g3701p:cw0056000/full/pct:25/0/default.jpg Map of United States military rail roads, showing the rail roads operated during the war from 1862-1866, as military lines Cool, zoomable map at the LoC website... About this Item...

    American Railroad Mergers and Family History Charts

    https://www.railroadsignals.us/mergers/ For those interested in Ancestry and Family Trees, some excellent charts on the above web page of Railroad background. Cheers, USS ALASKA

    Heavy Item Rail Transportation

    The 20-inch bore of a Rodman gun could fit a man inside. This Rodman was en route to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1864 when it stopped long enough in Harrisburg, Pa. for a photo. Photo: Ken Turner Collection https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Rodman-RR-car.png...
  10. Lisa Murphy

    Book Review Locomotives Up the Turnpike

    Locomotives Up the Turnpike: The Civil War Career of Captain Thomas R. Sharp, C.S.A. By David L. Bright, with maps and illustrations by Andrew H. Hall Locomotives Up the Turnpike is the story of a young, energetic and remarkably competent man who salvaged, repaired, built, and managed...

    New Railroads & Steam Locomotives Forum Host

    https://www.american-rails.com/images/WAGENCHAT.jpg Fellow Posters and 'Ferro-Equine' enthusiasts: I would like to thank Mike and Ami for allowing me to serve as host of the Railroads & Steam Locomotives Forum. This entire board has taught me so much about this time period that a simple...

    'Great Train Raid' Rolls Out Civil War Railroad Heritage in May

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4397/36857742445_464e6f864b_b.jpg For those interested in the story of @DaveBrt 's book 'Locomotives Up the Turnpike -- The Civil War Career of Quartermaster Captain Thomas R. Sharp, C. S. A.' ... Great Train Raid’ Rolls Out Civil War Railroad Heritage in May Mar...
  13. Jimklag

    Been Working On The Railroad - New York Times Article

    For Black History month, here is a story from the NY Times of one man's railroad experience. Samuel Ballton was born into slavery on New Year’s Day in 1838 on Vincent A. Marmaduke’s plantation in Westmoreland County, Va., about 80 miles south of Washington. The county was home to the Washington...

    Railroad spike ceremony set Jan. 25

    https://www.up.com/goldenspike/index.html To go with all the recent Transcontinental Railroad threads... Railroad spike ceremony set Jan. 25 21 hrs ago ELKO – Union Pacific Railroad will be concluding its 150th celebration of completing the Transcontinental Railroad this spring, and a special...

    Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station

    https://www.todaysphoto.org/potd/large/bristol-train-station.jpg Historic marker dedicated to Bristol railroad history and train station LEIF GREISS | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Dec 4, 2018 Updated Dec 4, 2018 The land for the railroad facilities was donated in 1848 by the Rev. James King, and...

    Population Map

    While doing some research for the Transcontinental Railroad thread, came across this map ... http://www.jcshepard.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/map_us_rail_1861.png ...really serves to illustrate @wausaubob 's posts of the tremendous differences in population -...
  17. Pat Young

    "It was enough for one Presidential Candidate to make a fool of himself at thirty miles an hour"

    In October, 1868, Democratic presidential candidate Horatio Seymour boarded a train to campaign in cities around the country. This was an unusual step in his era. Some thought it undignified, while others saw it as an appropriately modern use of a new technology. Republican James G. Blaine used...
  18. OldReliable1862

    What if: More dual gauge railroads in America?

    Link for those wondering what I'm talking about: Considering how dual gauge railways can join lines of different gauges, could this be used to create a more unified American rail network in the pre-Civil War period and the years following it? In a surviving CSA where the economy isn't quite a...
  19. Jimklag

    Railroads West To Tennessee

    In 1863, both the CSA and US Army made large troop movements from the Virginia theater to the area around Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Confederate troops were 2/3 of Longstreet's 1st Corps, Army of Northern Virginia and the U.S. troops were the 11th and 12th Corps, Army of the Potomac. Here are a...

    Horseshoe Curve

    http://explorepahistory.com/kora/files/1/2/1-2-5AA-25-ExplorePAHistory-a0b9p8-a_349.jpg Source - LOC Source - LOC Horseshoe Curve near Altoona, PA. Completed in 1854 to replace the Allegheny Portage Railroad. Built by Pennsylvania Railroad Engineers John Edgar Thomson and Herman Haupt...
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