Raillines began as horse-drawn conveyances on wooden tracks. Some early ones were established in the 16th century. The Penydarren Tramroad in the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales is considered the first steam locomotive line.
Railroad lines transformed society in the 17th and 18th centuries in dramatic ways, like cars and computers have more recently driven social changes.
In a strange synchronicity of history, there are coincidences in the development of the internet and the railroads in America. The Atlantic has an article about How Railroad History Shaped Internet History
In fiction writing, railroads can have an important place in historical novels, steampunk stories, or dystopia future tales which have returned to older technology. This blog post is an homage to the age of rail.
Henry George wrote a 1868 essay that asked how railroads would transform the future of California: “What the Railroad Will Bring Us“
In my book Pratima’s Forbidden Book, the rescuing army arrives by rail. Pratima and her new friends must protect the railhead, at all costs.
Pratima’s Forbidden Book, in ebook, paperback, hardback, and soon in audiobook.