Railway History

Railway history is the study of the history of rail transportation. Rail transportation methods include trains, trams, monorails and wagonways.

Including systems with man or horse power, and tracks or guides made of stone or wood, the history of rail transport dates back as far as the ancient Greeks. Mechanised rail transport systems first appeared in England in the 1820s. These systems, which made use of the steam locomotive, were critical to the Industrial Revolution and to the development of export economies across the world.

Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
Jay Cooke's Gamble: The Northern Pacific Railroad, the Sioux, and the Panic of 1873
Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad War
The Wreck of the Penn Central
Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America
The Wreck of the Old 97
Amtrak: An American Story
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
The White Cascade: The Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche
Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930
Iron Women: The Ladies Who Helped Build the Railroad
Railroads in the Old South: Pursuing Progress in a Slave Society
Railroad Rolling Stock
Canadian Pacific: Creating a Brand, Building a Nation
Nevada Central: Sagebrush Narrow Gauge