It's hard to mistake the sound of a train whistle for any other sound, but would you be able to recognize that whistle from just a picture? What about other train equipment, like a boxcar, throttle or crossgate? If you consider yourself a railroad expert, take our quiz to see how much of this train equipment and machinery you can identify!
It's no exaggeration to say that trains helped to shape the modern world. In 1830, the first all-steam railroad opened in the form of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. Over the next century, steam dominated the rail industry, and as train routes spread across Europe and North America, tracks were arranged around water sources that could be used to power these steam engines. This arrangement had a major effect on the formation of modern cities and the places where people live today.
While those 1830s trains could move at only around 30 mph, the fastest trains today can travel a mile in a single second. Yet despite this increase in speed, many of these basic equipment and other components used on and around trains have remained very much the same as they were back then.
Think you can name the equipment and machinery that keeps the trains running at full throttle? Take this quiz to find out!