The history of the Erie Railroad ever since 1901 has been a record of progress.
The railroad originally was as completely dissociated from steam propulsion as was the ship.
Horses and mules, and even sail cars, made more rapid progress than did the earliest locomotive.
While no one railroad can completely duplicate another line, two or more may compete at particular points.
With the reorganization of 1898 finished, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad entered a new period in its history.
The United States as we know it today is largely the result of mechanical inventions, and in particular of agricultural machinery and the railroad.
Great men are usually the products of their times and one of the men developed by these times takes rank with the greatest railroad leaders in history.
Consequently many large railroad systems of heavy capitalization bid fair to run into difficulties on the first serious falling off in general business.
In the United States three new methods of transportation made their appearance at almost the same time - the steamboat, the canal boat, and the rail car.
As the contest proceeded, public interest increased and the entire country watched to see which company would win the big government subsidies through the mountains.