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The House Built by Rail

With only a single freight railroad operating within its borders, one might think that Rhode Island’s railroad history is small. What you might not know is that railroads are responsible for the most popular attraction in the state – The Breakers in Newport, RI. The summer residence of Cornelius Vanderbuilt II, the former president and chairman of the New York Central Railroad and grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, this opulent house boasts 300,000 visitors annually.  The days of railroad tycoons have long past, though, and today, the Providence and Worcester Railroad Company serves 140 customers across four states.