When the railroad came to Mexico
A century ago, the United States was a world leader in railroad deployment and use. While freight rail remains a productive enterprise in the United States, American passenger rail has not kept pace with Europe and Asia. What happened to the great American railroad? Recent high-speed rail developments in California, Florida, Texas and superconducting maglev train technology along the Northeast Corridor indicate that it is lagging.
A confluence of factors led to great growth in the U.S. railroad industry during the 19th century. The development of the steam engine powered the necessary trains. Also, the industrial revolution and relative explosion in manufacturing necessitated movement of raw materials and finished products. The fledgling railroads were in competition with past canals like the Erie Canal for the very lucrative business of transporting markets. However, railroads were far more efficient than canals for the reason of transportation and also dominated the landscape.
Although it is normally understood that rails are made of steel or iron, which make up the path or track on which trains run, this classification includes means of transport that use other types of guidance, such as magnetic levitation trains.
It is a means of transport with comparative advantages in certain aspects, such as fuel consumption per ton/kilometer transported, the entity of the environmental impact it causes or the possibility of mass transportation, which make its use relevant in the modern world.
From 1550 onwards, narrow-gauge lines with wooden rails began to become widespread in European mines. During the 17th century, wooden wagons moved the ore from inside the mines to canals where the cargo was transferred to river transport or to wagons. The evolution of these systems led to the emergence of the first permanent tramway in 1810, the “Leiper Railroad” in Pennsylvania. The first permanent tramway was built in 1810.
The first railroad
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Today in ruins, the Trasandino Los Andes-Mendoza railroad connected both cities through a route along the Andes mountain range. The project began in 1870 and was inaugurated on April 5, 1910 after overcoming economic and political difficulties.
The purpose of its construction was to provide fast, safe and low-cost transportation between the Atlantic and the Pacific, which until then could only be done through the Strait of Magellan.
The response of the ruling class was the construction of a railway line that would cross the Andes Mountains constantly to link Valparaíso with Buenos Aires. In order to secure local privileges, the initial steps for the Trasandino project were swift.
History of the railroad in mexico
1Bolivia in the 19th century began one of the longest processes in its history. This is the case of the construction of railroads. The need to modernize communication routes led to the development of railroad transportation policies. Towards the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century worldwide, railroads expanded at an accelerated pace. The “railroad era” also had repercussions in the country, influenced by the development of the industrial revolution; its general impact is little known in the national historiographic environment.
2This article describes in a synthetic and general way the development of the construction of railroads, characterized by complex economic, political, social, territorial and diplomatic circumstances. It analyzes the relations with neighboring countries and with British and American imperialism, which were decisive in the political actions of liberals and republicans. It also makes a series of reflections on the impacts produced as a result of the construction of the railroads.