how did railroads in the 19th century allow citizens to grow economically?

Question by dance4ever8D: how did railroads in the 19th century allow citizens to grow economically?

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Answer by Michal Sychra
Railroads were built from 15th century from wood and later covered by sheet metal.

1802 – 1807 Threvithick built the first serviceable steam locomotive for iron works. They could tow up to 10 ton of loads. Their operation however was hampered by the rails, which could not withstand such heavy loads.

1814 Stephenson designed his first powerful steam locomotive for coal mine service. Its capacity of towing was 30 tons


Stephenson finished the construction of a railway line connecting Liverpool with Manchester. There was competition of locomotives, in which his “Rocket” won. This was milestone marking the victory of steam railway service for the century, which followed…

I think, that railroads was first employed mainly in industry, not commerce… (In 1801 opens the first public horse railway from Wandsworth to Croydon. Up to this time horse railways are used only for factory or mine transport. This is the beginning of public railway transport, at this time transporting only goods. Originally these railways were only hired and the user had to use his own specially adapted car or coach.)

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