Which of the following was an obstacle to progress in Russia in the 1800s? The answer is railways. Although Russia had vast tracts of wilderness, the vast majority of its early progress was through the means of railroads. Before the revolution, when the wheels of a locomotive plowed through the earth, a man who labored on it had to be both extremely patient and skillful.
Villages Around The Railroad Had A Benefit
Then there were the villages along the railroad, which had to be cleared as the work progressed. After each town was reached, a trip could be made to work, which would take two days. At each destination, further digging required even more time, and the whole process was slow going. But all that was an obstacle to progress. Railroads offered the means for a working person to get from town to town, and from one village to another, if only by boat.
But progress was not all good news
The progress did not always go as planned. One section of the rails became rotten or broken, another section wore badly, and another section was in such bad shape that it actually collapsed. No one was at fault in this instance, but the entire construction project was delayed for a year.
Again, the road was obstructed. Again, the builders had to wait, sometimes for many months. When the work did begin on a section of track that had been obliterated by the bridge workers, the workmen discovered a huge hole where the bridge had been standing. Again, it took several months to dig out another portion of track, enough to allow the passage of cars. Only when all was ready, did the railroad get built. Again, there were delays, and again, the cost was high.
And so we come to Russia in the present day
Although, thankfully, the state has taken steps to correct these problems, there are still too many examples of railroading projects that have gone very bad. Again, the railroads in Russia were often built by workers who were not properly trained. Many were poorly paid, and others were not paid at all!
Therefore, it is hard to find any worker today who can be said to have built any of the railroads in Russia which the Red Army advanced upon. There were problems of quality, and workers paid very little. This is not surprising. The products they used were poor, and their pay was very low. There was no incentive to build a railroad that would benefit the workers or which would make life better for them. The result is that many of these railroads were never completed.
Northern Russia Always Suffered
One of the best examples of an example of this is the work which was being done on the railroad in Uzhgorod, in northern Russia. When the town was first constructed, it was necessary for workers to use carts, and there were no stores available for purchasing the necessities of life. The local authorities realized this, and the first store was built to supply all the items which the workers needed. It still exists to this day.
It is true that there were many railroads which went no way at all, and others which became vital to the people of a certain region. No matter where you look at history, you can find examples of railroads which helped to make the lives of those people a lot easier. Whether they went forward and become important to the nation or not is really irrelevant. The fact is that without railroads, much of what the United States and other countries now enjoy would not be available to us today. You will find that the progress that was made during the construction of the railroads was far greater than could have ever been accomplished by people living in the rural areas.