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The technical forerunners of the railways were the early modern pit railways installed from the 15th and 16th centuries onwards in Central European mines (Mining). Railways began developing into a widespread means of transporting goods and people only in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, initially in Britain. …

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Dougherty, Carolyn and Popplow, Marcus, “Railway”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018654>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210107

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