In the US we have varying notions of what a train “is” in this day and age. Taking a look at the trains rolling across the country’s rails, you’ll see locomotives pulling endless trails of transport boxcars, silver Amtrak trains carting pedestrians to-and-fro, and sleek commuter trains plowing through metropolitan areas.
We’ve come a long way from the steam engine that shaped the country throughout the 19th century and a good chunk of the 20th century. So what is specific about trains in the 21st century—the trains of today? Here are some fast facts to get you in-the-know.
- Despite the decrease in trains being used during the latter half of the 1900s, trains still play an integral role in moving large or heavy goods across the country in an economical, environmentally sound manner.
- Steam locomotives are still being used in the 21st century for transport...