The steam train was the first main mechanical form of transport in the US for moving passengers and goods. Many towns and cities sprung up near the new tracks, and in some locals the steel rails were installed on the main thoroughfare of a village.
The lead photo taken in 1938 shows the center of Osage, West Virginia, a company coal mining town located across the Monongahela River and just west of the city of Morgantown. The Marion Post Wolcott image for the Farm Security Administration shows the steam-powered coal train that traveled right through the whistle-stop in the morning and the evening on Scotts Run Road carrying the coal extracted from the local mine.
The Department of Defense photograph below dated 1947 was taken just down the road in Osage from the lead image and shows the Good Humor Inn, the local dining and dance spot in town.
Tells us what interests you in the photos that are courtesy of the Library of Congress.