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The first Transcontinental Railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. By 1893 there were six major railroad companies

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1871 – The Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad Company introduced the first narrow-gauge locomotive, the Montezuma.

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TUNNEL: "Sinking the Tunnel" 1910 construction of a railway tunnel for the Michigan Central Railroad Co. under the Detroit River

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Two women Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Company employees at a repair shop, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, 1948, photograph by Russell Lee.

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Transcontinental railroad

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New York Central, the last of four great eastern railroad companies was an amalgamation of several smaller rail lines meant to increase the productivity of the Erie Canal. By far the largest eastern railroad in sheer track size, it was the Pennsylvania Railroads greatest rival.

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Illinois Central Railroad Company, 1933 World's Fair; University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center

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This picture of a "Canadian American Railroad Company" (CDAC) Snowplow clearing the tracks is a common image throughout the Northeast. The photo was featured in the "Sun Train Book Series" and was taken by well known Northeast photographer Roger Merchant .

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Above & below, Three Oaks Plantation, 1920's & 1930's. This historic home in St. Bernard Parish was constructed in 1815. It met its end in 1966 at the hands of the American Sugar Refinery (sugar refineries and railroad companies being the two entities most often responsibsle for the loss of plantation structures downriver from New Orleans --

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