The Northeast Corridor is a highly traveled railroad line between Boston and Washington, but it was not envisioned as a high-speed railroad from the beginning. While many consider the modern incarnation as a single entity, it began as a confusing patchwork of local — and much shorter — roads.
The line, which carries more than 2,200 trains every day, dates to the earliest days of railroading in America. Several railroads built the corridor at various times between 1830 and 1917.
One railroad instrumental in building the line that would eventually become the Northeast Corridor was the New Jersey Rail Road. The railroad was chartered to build a road between Jersey City and New Brunswick.