Railroad By: Ryan Rose

The railroad is more important that you probably thought. Which country do you thing invented the railroad? You'd guess the US probably. Think again.

Britain started to use the railways in the late 1700s, but the US has the most miles of rails.

Trains are an inexpensive way to transport people and cargo. In the 1800s and early 1900s, steam trains we used, though not reliable. Steel and metal are used as materials to build trains. They were a way to get west, across the Mississippi, and to the rural south. Today, commuter trains are a good way to get to other areas of a city. In Asia and Europe, they have fast trains (like the "bullet train" in Japan).

Trains have advanced technology By allowing us to Get to the west where gold was.

The environmental effects of trains are both good and bad for North America. In the 1800s, hunters killed many buffalo in the west. The hunters used trains as transportation. The buffalo is a sacred animal of many Native American tribes. Trains use fuel, which is not great for the environment. For passenger trains, this is fine. There are more people on train than in a car. Also, there are some electric trains.

Trains have improved the level of technology because they have improved ways to get to other places. They have also improved technology because we were able to get gold using trains.

Trains have effected North America for both better and worse. Finding gold helped us, but pollution hurt us. Today, trains have became faster and better. In the US, it is mainly used for freight. The US leads in miles of rail by far. Russia is in second, and China is in third.

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