Before railroads, moving people and products required difficult overland measures or ships, or often a combination of both. When railroads finally emerged in the 1800s, a new era opened possibilities for both business and continental travel. Do you think you really know much about the most famous railroads in the world?
Europeans were the masterminds behind many of the earliest trail systems. Their railways started by carrying cargo like coal, but quickly evolved to carry paying passengers, too. Can you name any of the first operational railways? Those forerunners eventually led to modern icons like the Glacier Express and Orient Express.
From an engineering standpoint, some railroads are simply mind-boggling. Do you know where the longest rail system in the world is located? And do you have a clue as to where it goes? A clue: it’s in an area where you’re definitely going to need heavy mittens.
From the B&O to Union Pacific, America’s history is strewn with iconic companies that helped build memorable train systems. Some were regional. Others were more ambitious, sprawling through the plains, mountains, and canyons of the Wild West. Maybe you think you have what it takes to be an engineer on the frontier?
Stoke your locomotive’s fire, blow the whistle and revel in the roar of a Union Pacific Big Boy. In this quiz we’ll see if you really know famous railroads both old and new!