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AMERICAN RAILROADS

History - Maps - Photos - Information - Listening -
Literature - Poems - Cinema - Songs
Ads and Posters - Cliparts
Vocabulary - Idioms - Humour - Games to print

(Updated on 12/10/2010)

 


Related pages :

Transports (civilization) - Transports (vocabulary and activities)

 

 

 

HISTORY

  • Railroad Parts: History for Kids
    "From America to Europe trains history and technology has advanced over several hundred years.
    One of the oldest forms of transportation, but yet to kids a new fast and rare mode of transportation.
    Kids can fill their yearning of knowledge for these powerful machines while building their imagination through the following history and facts..."

    (partsgeek.com)

  • America on the Move - (americanhistory.si.edu)
    "Transportation transformed America. Choose from these three interconnected routes to explore how transportation shaped our lives, landscapes, culture, and communities. :
    - Travel across America to visit communities changed by transportation
    - Investigate artifacts and images in the Smithsonian and other collections
    - Explore transportation in American history with historians and curators."



  • The story of George Stephenson - a railway engineer (BBC) - animated with sound




  • Timeline - Important milestones in English and American railway development (sdrm.org)
  • Union Pacific Railroad History : Union Pacific Overview and Chronologies / Historical Equipment / Historical Locations / Photos / Museums (uprr.com)
  • The 1891 Grain Dealers and Shippers Gazetteer (memoriallibrary.com)





  • This Is America, Charlie Brown - The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad -
    "a historical overview of the development of the transcontinental railway and its importance to the growth of America." (teachwithmovies.org)



  • Railroad Train Robbers (linecamp.com)

 

  • CyberTran is a new concept in Mass Transit and High Speed Rail (cybertran.com)



MAPS

  • WANDERLUST - interactive
    "GOOD maps out history's greatest journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac."
    - with illustrations and explanations
    (awesome.good.is)

 

  • Railroad Maps - in the United States (1828 - 1900)
    (memory.loc.gov)

 

 

  • Railroad Map - teenagers riding the rails during the Great Depression (PBS)
  • Railroad maps (memory.loc.gov)
  • The Train Brain - java simulations (exemple : National Amtrak System with "21 different routes running 48 scheduled trains") - (trainbrain.com)
  • Maps of Amtrak Routes & Other Rail Routes (trainweb.com)



PHOTOS

  • Historic Rail Photos : Famous Railroad Scenes, Historic Passenger Trains, Streetcars, Trolleys, and Interurbans, Historic Passenger Stations, Union Pacific Steam Program, Southeastern US, Vintage Diesels, etc. (nrhs.com)



INFORMATION

  • Railroad Slogans (spikesys.com)
    ex : Baltimore and Ohio : "See. Hear. Feel."



LISTENING :

  • Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language - Text + Audio
    "This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one.
    There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard!
    Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station!"
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 


LITERATURE

  • Folktales (americanfolklore.net) :
    • Casey Jones "Death of a dare devil railman. (Tennessee)" ("The Ballad of Casey Jones is still sung today.")
    • Kate Shelley saves the Train "A brave girl rescues a train when the bridge washes out. (Iowa)"



POEMS



CINEMA

  • Railroad movies (davros.org)

 

SONGS

ADS and POSTERS



CLIPARTS

  • Over 45 railroad lettering, railroad romans, alphabets, silhouettes and more font sets. (railfonts.com)



VOCABULARY

IDIOMS :

  • Early American Railroads Shape Modern Language - Text + Audio
    "This week, we look at some train and railroad expressions commonly used in American English. This is only part one.
    There are many idioms and expressions relating to trains. So ... all aboard!
    Make sure you have your ticket because this train is leaving the station!"
    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 


HUMOUR

  • Railroad Jokes (spikesys.com)
    ex : "What is the difference between a school teacher and a steam locomotive?
    The school teacher tells you to spit out your gum, while the locomotive says "Choo Choo Choo!"




GAMES to print

 

 

Railroad first American steam locomotives