In 1829 the first commercially successful steam railroad,
the Liverpool and Manchester in England, began operation.
It signaled the beginning of the railroad era on both sides
of the Atlantic. In 1831 the Cumberland Valley Railroad was
incorporated and the line completed in 1837. It was heavily
in debt when the financial panic of 1837 started a
seven-year depression. To add to the railroad's troubles,
the bridge at Harrisburg burned in 1844. It was not untill
1850 that the company began to show a profit. It eventually
became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
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