The Declaration of Independence was signed in the Pennsylvania State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. The United States of America was born. People came from across the oceans to live in this new land.
Then the railroads came. The people were able to go farther into this new land. When the Golden Spike was driven in Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869, people were able to take the train from coast to coast. What began in Baltimore, Maryland became the open door to the United States of America.
As the railroads was a source of freedom in America, it is not the case in some countries. In nations run by dictators, the railroad is used to send people who were declared enemies of the government to concentration camps or slaughterhouses. They were shoved into box cars until they were packed like sardines, and they traveled in these box cars even in harsh weather. Most of these people did not survive. To them, the railroad was a killing machine.
The next time you are standing at your favorite railroad watching site, think about the pride that the railroad brings to this nation. Think about those men who signed a very important document that made this nation free, and think about the American railroad that brought the people to freedom.