By David Crosby
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The British railway community was once a monument to Victorian deepest firm. Its masterpieces of civil engineering have been emulated all over the world. yet its functionality was once arguable: praised for selling a excessive density of traces, it used to be additionally criticised for wasteful duplication of routes. this is often the 1st historical past of the British railway approach written from a contemporary financial viewpoint.
To arrive the Port of Houston's Turning Basin, a boat needs to shuttle 50 miles alongside a slender and twisting channel that passes via Galveston Bay, the San Jacinto River, and Buffalo Bayou. regardless of this inconceivable position, Houston has the world's biggest landlocked port. Measured via annual tonnage shipped, the Port of Houston is the second-largest port within the usa.
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