chapter  4
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Railways 1850—1914

Railway construction in the third quarter of the nineteenth century went ahead quite rapidly. The 6700 route miles opened by the end of 1851 were doubled in the following twenty years; the number of passengers carried increased five times and the railway companies' net receipts more than doubled. The extensions to the railway system in this period consisted of some additional trunk lines, together with many branches and short connecting links. By 1880 few trunk routes remained to be completed.