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379 views • October 29, 2021

Railroad That Changed the US (and the World) Forever

Railway Explained
- Book train, bus & flight tickets through the Omio: and support our channel. Thanks. - Support us on Patreon: ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ► Railways Explained aims to establish a WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY of all RAIL LOVERS, WORKERS AND EXPERTS, by creating regular, entertaining, and educational railway content of high quality. ► If you find yourself in at least one of these three groups, support this idea by SUBSCRIBING TO RAILWAYS EXPLAINED. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today, we are talking about the construction of the well-known transcontinental railroad in the United States. As it was originally known, the "Pacific Railroad" or later the "Overland Route", the Transcontinental railroad was a 1,912-mile (3,077 km) long continuous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869. It connected the existing eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, in Iowa with the Pacific coast at the Oakland Long Wharf on San Francisco Bay. And yes, it was constructed in only seven years! This video is actually the second in a row that we released on this same topic, after the one that we released back in August last year. As that video remained overwhelmed by other videos, it never reached its full potential, so we decided to add certain modifications and new information, and to republish it again. And we hope you’ll enjoy it! Basically, in this video, we tried to present a complete story but also to add some new perspectives about the famous Transcon, including the socio-economic and political circumstances in the US before the construction, travel options for people in the US before the railroads, migration patterns which influenced the decision to build the Transcon, brief history about how the railroads 'conquered' the US in general, who and how actually built this engineering marvel at the time, at what cost, which challenges were faced by the workers, and finally, the economic and social impact of this railway line, together with certain negative 'strings attached' that came along. If you want to find out basically everything about this amazing historical rail project check out our video, and don't forget to share your thoughts in the comment section! Enjoy! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Special thanks to our Patrons: David Brandon, Brendan McKeon, Linda Vainomae-Hoffmann, Andrew Saffrey, Myron York, Gerald Brady, Tim McKeoun, August Bigelow and Bill! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Credits: - If you enjoyed this video, SHARE it with your rail-loving friends to help us raise our community, and of course, leave your opinion in the COMMENT section and hit the LIKE button. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ► Stay connected with us on social media: - Facebook: - Instagram: - Linkedin: #Railroad #Trains #USA
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