American Transportation, Part 5

Transcontinental Railroad created more than Hell on wheels ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Competition between rail and canal was as bitter as that between bus and streetcars in the early 1900s. Railroads also had bitter competition in their own ranks. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway blocked The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from laying track through the narrow gorge of the upper Potomac. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway held the rights, and along with it, the right to prevent another railroad from entering their territory in that part of Virginia. The State of New York stood by the Erie Canal and refused rail lines the right to carry freight. Eventually,

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