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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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Regional Comparisons

Regional Comparisons

(p.105) 4 Regional Comparisons
The World's First Railway System

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Oxford University Press

A national railway system can be analyzed as a collection of regional sub-systems joined by an inter-regional trunk network. A major weakness of the British railway system, as developed in Victorian Britain, was that it failed to generate coherent regional sub-systems. This was because most regions were served both by an established company and a competitive invader. Each company operated its own network and the established company sought to inhibit the interchange of traffic between them. Thus, although competition at the regional level produced a relatively high density of lines, duplication was rife and network connectivity was poor.

Keywords:   railway, region, competition, invasion, connectivity, network, duplication

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