Aerial View of the switchyard at Niagara Falls, Ontario

Rail transport – a means of conveyance of passengers and goods by way of wheeled vehicles running on rail tracks. Rail vehicles are also directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Track usually consists of steel rails installed on sleepers/ties and ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves.

  • railroad
  • locomotive
  • coupling
  • wheels
  • tank cars
  • box cars


  • First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the “Pacific Railroad” and later as the ” Overland Route”) was a 1,907 mile (3,069 km) contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States connecting the Pacific coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network at Council Bluffs, Iowa on the Missouri River.