Early American Railroads. In 1869, a golden spike linked the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah. The development of railroads was one of the most important phenomena of the Industrial Revolution. ... The railroad was first developed in Great Britain.
The railroad was first developed in Great Britain. A man named George Stephenson successfully applied the steam technology of the day and created the world's first successful locomotive. The first engines used in the United States were purchased from the Stephenson Works in England.