Length of the World’s Largest Railway Systems, 1913

Length of the Worlds Largest Railway Systems 1913

Source: Railway Age Gazette, 1915.

By the early 20th century, rail transportation was the dominant inland transport system with extensive networks in operation in major industrialized countries, but also in the developing world where railways were used to bring resources to port cities. For most, the extent of the network reached its peak. The setting of road transport systems will eventually lead to a rationalization of many railway networks in the second half of the 20th century.