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A number of types of wood are used in railroad tie production. [©Shutterstock, 2010]

Trains and Trolleys

Which woods are used for railroad ties?

Learn about which woods are used for railroad ties.
A number of woods are used for railroad ties. Find out which woods are used for railroad ties and which are the most common.

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No tracks were ever laid down for the first chartered railroad in the United States. [©Shutterstock, 2010]

Trains and Trolleys

When was the first railroad in the United States chartered?

Discover where and when the first U.S. railroad charter was given.

Trolleys, buses, commuter trains and water taxis are just a few of the various U.S. public transportation options. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

Public Transportation

Learn about the many benefits of public transportation.

Trains "put the Johnson bar against the running board" to gain speed. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What is a Johnson bar on a locomotive?

Find out what's behind this mysterious railroad term.

A "gandy dancer" was a slang term for a railroad worker. [©Jupiter Images, 2008]

Trains and Trolleys

What does the term gandy dancer mean?

Learn how the term gandy dancer originated during the 19th century.

The railroad velocipede resembles a bicycle with a third extended wheel. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What was the railroad velocipede?

Read about the vehicle of yesteryear known as the railroad velocipede.

Inventor George Stephenson fought for what became the standard gauge railroad. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What is a standard gauge railroad?

Discover the debate behind the standard gauge railroad.

The world's longest railway is nearly 6,000 miles long. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What is the world's longest railway?

Read on for fun facts about the world's longest railway.

The fastest train can reach speeds of up to 300 mph. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What is the fastest train?

Read on to learn how fast the world's fastest train travels.

The Orient Express originated in Paris and traveled east. [©Jupiter Images, 2009]

Trains and Trolleys

What was the route of the Orient Express?

Discover the route of the glamorous train service known as the Orient Express.

Cable cars move by latching on to a continuously moving cable located beneath the street. [©Jupiter Images, 2008]

Trains and Trolleys

How does a cable car, like those in San Francisco, move?

Find out how cable cars work and when the first system was operated.

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