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American Railroad Watches

Post by koimaster » October 23rd 2020, 7:06pm

The American Railroad has been dying since the 1920s.

Anyone who has ever ridden about an Amtrak train in the last 20 years will with me. After taking several long trips, up and down the legacy tracks built along the East Coast earlier this year, it was clear to me that the glory days of train travel in the United States are long gone. The once strong blood vessels that crisscrossed across the heart of American industry have long since run dry. But it wasn't always this way. There was a time when the American railroad, like the American watch industry, was an indomitable beast.

TO UNDERSTAND WHY THE AMERICAN RAILROAD WAS REVOLUTIONARY, YOU MUST FIRST UNDERSTAND WHAT PRECEDED IT

Before the railroad was the canals. In the early 1800s, a $7,000,000 project began with the goal of connecting the Great Lakes to the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean. This canal system saw new cities spring up along the Erie River as it generated over $121,000,000 in revenue (That's $121,000,000 in 1800s money by the way). By 1840, there was over 3000 miles of canals across America. In 60 years, it was all rendered obsolete by the railroad

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