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Railroads 1826-1830 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Paul Marston   
Saturday, 08 March 2008 19:08

RAILROAD ST 1826 1827 1828 1829 1830 TOTALS
Baltimore & Ohio RR (MD) MD 14.00 14.00
Charleston & Hamburg Road SC 1.00 9.00 10.00
Delaware & Hudson Canal CO RR PA 16.50 16.50
Granite RR MA 2.79 2.79
Mauch Chunk RR PA 9.00 9.00
Mill Creek & Mine Hill Navigation & RR C PA 4.49 3.80 8.29
Schuylkill Valley RR & Navigation CO PA 9.23 9.23
Tuscumbia RWY CO AL 2.10 2.10
Union Canal CO's RR PA 3.50 3.50
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TOTAL FOR TIME PERIOD 2.79 9.00 0.00 21.99 41.63 75.41

Pennsylvania Railroads Map as of 1830
Granite Railway Map as of 1830 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Map as of 1830
Charleston & Hamburg Railroad as of 1830 Tuscumbia Railway Map as of 1830

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If you have looked at the Table of Track Mileage, you may have noticed that the U.S. Census Bureau does not list any railroads built prior to 1830, but we do. Indeed, they only list four of the above railroads, Baltimore and Ohio (15 miles), Mill Creek & Mine Hill (3.80 miles), Schuylkill Valley (11 miles) and South Carolina (10 miles) and show them as being constructed in 1830. The historical record says otherwise as pointed out by Frederick C. Gamst, University of Massachusetts, Boston in The Transfer of Pioneering British Railroad Technology to North America which lists all of the other railroads we show prior to 1830 that meet our criteria given in Definition of a Railroad except for Tuscumbia. Given the excellent documentation supplied by Professor Gamst, we feel justified in including these additional railroads and correcting the year of construction. Additional information on the years of construction and mileage was obtained from the book: Railroads and Canals of the United States of America by Henry V. Poor (the Poor in the Standard and Poor's 500 stock index) published in 1860.

The figures for all of the Pennsylvania railroads appear on page 415 and the Baltimore & Ohio figures are on page 584 of that book. The Granite Railway information appears on page 85. Unfortunately, volume one of Mr. Poor's work covered only New England and the Mid-Atlantic states and he never got around to publishing volumes 2 and 3 so the Charleston and Hamburg information comes from Professor Gamst. The details on the Tuscumbia Railway can found the website devoted to it, at the website for the City of Tuscumbia and on Wikipedia.

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