By Matthew M. Osterberg
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The British railway community used to be a monument to Victorian inner most firm. Its masterpieces of civil engineering have been emulated all over the world. yet its functionality used to be debatable: praised for selling a excessive density of strains, it was once additionally criticised for wasteful duplication of routes. this is often the 1st heritage of the British railway process written from a latest financial viewpoint.
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