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100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

The railway

The railway

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The railway

Seeing railroad tracks can sometimes make us dream of faraway places.

The railway

Train tickets used by Swedish State Railways around the turn of the 20th century, Photo: Anna Gerdén.

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The railway

It all started with rail-borne wagons in mines. But in the 1830s the modern railway was a major step towards a globalised world. Suddenly it was possible to travel distances that once took many days in just a few hours.

Trade and industry developed and at railway intersections new towns grew up. Before the railway every European city had different time zones. At the time it was difficult to make timetables and be on time. Before Sweden had a national standard time in 1879, every Swedish region had its own time. The difference between Stockholm and Gothenburg was 24 minutes.

Today many travel by train because they wish to protect the environment. There has been a great deal of investment in high speed trains. Japanese Maglev trains hover with the aid of electric magnets at speeds of up to 600 km per hour.

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