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The World's First Railway SystemEnterprise, Competition, and Regulation on the Railway Network in Victorian Britain$
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Mark Casson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213979

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213979.001.0001

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The Counterfactual Network

The Counterfactual Network

(p.58) 3 The Counterfactual Network
The World's First Railway System

Mark Casson (Contributor Webpage)

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The counterfactual railway system was constructed using nine heuristic principles. The most important was the Steiner Principle, which asserts that under certain conditions an optimal railway network is linked up by a set of spatially symmetric three-way hubs. The counterfactual network equals or exceeds the performance of the actual network according to various metrics. The counterfactual network achieves this performance with 13,000 route miles as compared to the 20,000 route miles of the actual system.

Keywords:   railway, counterfactual, heuristic, Steiner Principle, metric, hub, symmetry

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