This Week in Reconstruction, August 1-6, 1870

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This Week in Reconstruction, August 1-6, 1870


As the use of railroads has become increasingly significant for the transport of people and commercial goods, new fuel methods are being tested to improve the efficiency of trains. Petroleum is one of these new methods, but mechanical issues have resulted during its first attempted use and therefore has rendered the resource less useful than current methods. However, John Carr has made modifications to current fuel lines, causing the lighting of the petroleum to create enough vapor to "run the engine to its utmost capacity" and fuel a train up into the mountains while also decreasing the required engine cooling time. The significance in the invention is that it will enable commerce to increase in speed and therefore in volume, which in turn will help promote the Virginia and national economy.


August 1-6, 1870


Bryce Smith