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Strasburg Rail Road

Strasburg Rail Road™ is America’s oldest operating railroad with a charter dating back to June 9, 1832.

First Public Railway Created in London

The Surrey Iron Railway was established by Act of Parliament in 1801, and opened completely by 1803. Established as a toll railway, the chief goods transported were coal, building materials, lime, manure, corn and seeds. A public 14 km long railway, the Surrey Iron Railway was a horse-drawn plateway that linked Wandsworth and Croydon via Mitcham, all then in Surrey but now suburbs of south London, England.

Lake Lock Rail Road Company Above Ground Railway

In 1798, the Lake Lock Rail Road Company constructed a rail route from Lake Lock to Outwood. It is reputed to be the first ever above ground railway.

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