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View Resource The Third Rail

This is the online edition of The Third Rail, a magazine devoted to the history, technology and politics of rail and rapid transit transportation. The majority of the content focuses on the New York metropolitan area. For example, the May 2003 issue features Brooklyn's new Coney Island terminal. Archived issues cover topics such as the inter-borough strike of 1919, the Long Island Railroad, and...
View Resource Streaming West: Railway activity westwards through Kansas, 1860-1890

The popular images of westward expansion throughout the United States in the middle of the 19th century include frequent invocations of the "iron horse", or the railroad. The federal government gave huge incentives (such as massive land grants) to a number of railroad companies in the decades following the Civil War, and these companies made good on their promises to bring the railroad through...