8. Governors Island was Home to the World’s Smallest Railroad

Governors Island RailroadAll that’s left of the Governors Island Railroad

In 1918, the U.S. Army built a set of train tracks that was only one and a half miles long. Stretching from the pier to the warehouse, the line consisted of three cars used for carrying machinery and supplies. According to a 1931 Railroad Trans Magazine, this railroad was even equipped with a regular crew, including a dispatcher and a track foreman.