Source: Railway Age Gazette, 1915.
Length of the World’s Largest Railway Systems, 1913
By the early 20th century, rail transportation was the dominant inland transport systems with extensive networks in operation in major industrialized countries, but also in the developing world where rail was used to bring resources to port cities. For most, the extent of the network reached its zenith. The setting of road transport systems will eventually lead to a rationalization of many railway networks.