Construction of the first railroad lines in the 1830’s opened North America for passenger and freight transportation. Continuous track improvement was promoted and controlled mainly by private companies. In recent years, with increasing competition from air and highway transport companies, several mergers have taken place. This resulted in the formation of a few large railway systems and expanded the regional railroads.
Plasser American Corporation continues to serve not only the nation’s freight railroads, but the high speed inter city and commuter systems. City transit and light rail operators continue as an important part of Plasser’s customer base.