The Birth of Steam Railroads: The Charleston-Hamburg Railroad

by T.R. Witcher, Contributing Editor; ASCE, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 9, Pg. 44-47

Document Type: Editorial

Abstract: The line operated by the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company linking Charleston with the town of Hamburg was the first in the United States to use steam-powered locomotives.

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