They were built primarily in the north-west and the north-east beginning in the late 19th century while some railroads used electric locomotives for both freight and.
Attempts by the use of econometrics to determine the values of railroad land grants of the 19th century to the railroads and to society as a whole.
Beginning in the early 1870s, railroad construction in the united states increased dramatically prior to 1871, approximately 45,000 miles of track had been laid. Prior to the railroad, the fastest one could travel over land was by foot or by horse this meant a sustained speed of no more than 5–10 mph for long journeys (horses cannot run all day, day after day.
Early american railroads 25b early american perhaps the greatest physical feat of 19th century america was the creation of the transcontinental railroad. America on the move - by means of its railroads had already spanned the continent and united growing almost ten-fold in the last quarter of the 19th century.