One of the most overlooked assets your local community has are your local railroads. Transporting people and goods across the country is efficient and far better for the environment than automobiles and tractor-trailers, because much larger quantities of freight can be moved with one locomotive. Compared to trucking, local railroads are over three times more efficient for hauling freight. On average, trains have an efficiency of 400 ton-miles per gallon compared to trucks efficiency at around 130 ton-miles per gallon. Many local railroads and train depots have historical information about how their area was settled and the role that local railroads played in the areas early development. The National Railroad Museum in Pennsylvania celebrates the history and triumphs of local railroads in the United States of America through preservation and interpretation of this important aspect of early industrial American life. Local railroads exploded in popularity in the mid-nineteenth century, and paralleled the growth of the American West. What began as many small local railroads quickly combined into large conglomerates and national corporations. President Abraham Lincoln himself set the transcontinental railroad in motion and brought the power of local railroads to life. Small railways themselves also merged, and there are now two major transcontinental railways: Burlington Northern and Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and Union Pacific Railroad.