Building A Country: A Brief Look At The Canadian Railways
Throughout the world the history of rail transport is a long and fascinating one. The first traces can be found in early Greek and Roman times. Wagons filled with different types of freight were pulled by both men and animals through grooves in limestone which acted as the tracks. In Canada small railways may have been used as early as the 1700s to transport quarried stone and timber. To build the Quebec Citadel in the 1820s, a winch that was powered by a steam engine was used to hoist cable cars filled with stone uphill.