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What two cities did New York's first railroad connect?

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The two cities first connected by regular railway service in New York state were Albany and Schenectady in 1830. The Mohawk and Hudson Railroad built the eleven miles of railway line connecting them. This railroad line was first opened to the public in 1831.

Although the distance covered was very short, the steam engine allowed people to traverse this area in much less time than previously. Over the course of the nineteenth century, more and more railway lines would be laid, transforming life in New York. The railroads sped up the delivery of food and raw materials to the city and the export of finished goods from the city to more distant locations. Railroads also, over time, allowed urban dwellers to vacation in other, more rural parts of the state.

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