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This collection features images that highlight engineering and technological developments in steam engines, railway design and practice, locomotive engineering, and other major landmarks in the evolution of the railroad. The collection covers a period of the earliest developments, such as the 16th century woodcut of mine wagons from Agricola's De Re Metallica, to the latter part of the 19th century with William Maw's example of the "modern" Chanute Bridge in Kansas City, Missouri. The collection is built on images presented in the exhibition Locomotion: Railroads in the Early Age of Steam and is part of the online exhibition The Transcontinental Railroad: A History of Railroad Technology, which was made possible by BNSF Railway.

 
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