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(a) Miles of Railroad Built for United States, Miles, Not Seasonally Adjusted (A02F2AUSA374NNBR)
These Data Refer To Miles Of First Track Completed In A Calendar Year. It Is Not Clear At What Stage The Building Of A Mile Of Road Was Reported. If Construction Of A Line Took Several Years, A Company May Have Reported Each Year, Or Might Have Waited Until The Whole Line Was Completed. Sometimes The Year Of Completion Differed From The Year In Which Traffic Was First Carried; In Such Cases The Mileage May Have Been Assigned To Either Year. The Data For 1830-79 Are Originally From The Tenth Census Report, Vol.Iv,"Report On The Agencies Of Transportation In The United States. These Data Were Compiled By The Bureau Of The Census From Reports Of Railroads Known To Exist In 1880. They Are Limited To Mileage Still In Operation In The Census Year 1880. Railway Age Obtained Its Figures At Annual Intervals From Individual Railroads And From State Railroad Commissions. For Data On Gross Capital Expenditure, Including Road And Equipment, Beginning In 1870, See Melville J. Ulmer, "Capital In Transportation Communications, And Public Utilities: Its Formation And Financing," Princeton University Press For NBER, 1960, P.255 Ff. Railroad Investment Data For The Pre-Civil War Period, Beginning In 1828, Are Available In Albert Fishlow, "American Railroads And The Transformation Of The Ante-Bellum Economy", Harvard University Press, 1965. Source: 1830-1879:"Historical Statistics Of The United States, Colonial Times To 1957, " Bureau Of The Census, Series Q43. 1880-1952:"Railway Age, " Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp., New York, January 1, 1938, And Later Annual Review Issues.

This NBER data series a02082a appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.

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(a) Passenger Cars Built for United States, Number of Cars, Not Seasonally Adjusted (A01154USA471NNBR)
1880-1887 Data Are Based On 15 Private Car Works. 1888 Data Based On 36 Car Works. No Data Were Published For 1889. Figure For 1890 Was Based On Data For 36 Private Car Works. Figure For 1891 Based On Data For 50 Car Works. That Of 1892 On 48; That Of 1893 On 14 Companies; That Of 1894 On 8; And That Of 1895-1896 On 9. Begininng In 1897, The Figures Are Estimated To Cover The Entire Industry. 1905-1911 Data Include Canadian Output. 1912-1938 Figures Include Canadian Output Plus Equipment Built In Railroad Shops. Some Figures For Canadian Output Are Available Separately, See Source. Source: 1880-1898 Data Are From Railway Gazette; 1899-1933 Data Are From Railway Age, January 27, 1934, P. 158; 1934-1938 Data Are From Railway Age, January 7, 1939, P. 86.

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Source: National Bureau of Economic Research  

Release: NBER Macrohistory Database  

Units:  Miles, Not Seasonally Adjusted

Frequency:  Annual

Notes:

These Data Refer To Miles Of First Track Completed In A Calendar Year. It Is Not Clear At What Stage The Building Of A Mile Of Road Was Reported. If Construction Of A Line Took Several Years, A Company May Have Reported Each Year, Or Might Have Waited Until The Whole Line Was Completed. Sometimes The Year Of Completion Differed From The Year In Which Traffic Was First Carried; In Such Cases The Mileage May Have Been Assigned To Either Year. The Data For 1830-79 Are Originally From The Tenth Census Report, Vol.Iv,"Report On The Agencies Of Transportation In The United States. These Data Were Compiled By The Bureau Of The Census From Reports Of Railroads Known To Exist In 1880. They Are Limited To Mileage Still In Operation In The Census Year 1880. Railway Age Obtained Its Figures At Annual Intervals From Individual Railroads And From State Railroad Commissions. For Data On Gross Capital Expenditure, Including Road And Equipment, Beginning In 1870, See Melville J. Ulmer, "Capital In Transportation Communications, And Public Utilities: Its Formation And Financing," Princeton University Press For NBER, 1960, P.255 Ff. Railroad Investment Data For The Pre-Civil War Period, Beginning In 1828, Are Available In Albert Fishlow, "American Railroads And The Transformation Of The Ante-Bellum Economy", Harvard University Press, 1965. Source: 1830-1879:"Historical Statistics Of The United States, Colonial Times To 1957, " Bureau Of The Census, Series Q43. 1880-1952:"Railway Age, " Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp., New York, January 1, 1938, And Later Annual Review Issues.

This NBER data series a02082a appears on the NBER website in Chapter 2 at http://www.nber.org/databases/macrohistory/contents/chapter02.html.

NBER Indicator: a02082a

Suggested Citation:

National Bureau of Economic Research, Miles of Railroad Built for United States [A02F2AUSA374NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/A02F2AUSA374NNBR, December 18, 2017.

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research  

Release: NBER Macrohistory Database  

Units:  Number of Cars, Not Seasonally Adjusted

Frequency:  Annual

Notes:

1880-1887 Data Are Based On 15 Private Car Works. 1888 Data Based On 36 Car Works. No Data Were Published For 1889. Figure For 1890 Was Based On Data For 36 Private Car Works. Figure For 1891 Based On Data For 50 Car Works. That Of 1892 On 48; That Of 1893 On 14 Companies; That Of 1894 On 8; And That Of 1895-1896 On 9. Begininng In 1897, The Figures Are Estimated To Cover The Entire Industry. 1905-1911 Data Include Canadian Output. 1912-1938 Figures Include Canadian Output Plus Equipment Built In Railroad Shops. Some Figures For Canadian Output Are Available Separately, See Source. Source: 1880-1898 Data Are From Railway Gazette; 1899-1933 Data Are From Railway Age, January 27, 1934, P. 158; 1934-1938 Data Are From Railway Age, January 7, 1939, P. 86.

Suggested Citation:

National Bureau of Economic Research, Passenger Cars Built for United States [A01154USA471NNBR], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/A01154USA471NNBR, December 18, 2017.

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