From horses to steam to maglev, see what you know about rail’s history.

Quiz: History of Rail Technology

Mar 19, 2021


Railroads have played key roles in developing societies, countries and even civilizations, changing the way people work and travel. Their development paralleled the Industrial Revolution and opened North America to development. Goods and people moved faster and cheaper than on foot and horse-drawn wagons. Steam gave way to diesel and electric-powered locomotives that were improved for high-speed rail, further reducing the time to get from one place to another. Now, the Hyperloop is touted as the next step, with the promise of moving people and goods even faster through vacuum tubes. Rail, however, may be boosted again through its advantages in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. See what you know about the history of rail development and technology.


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