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The first evidence of railways in Britain are the stoneways on Dartmoor, with points (switches), for carts taking stone from quarries. All-wooden railways were in use by 1690, and by the 18th century horse-drawn carts with flanged wheels which ran on rails had been developed. Steam was introduced in the 1790s. The early history of railway development is summarized by Hey (The Oxford Companion to Local and Family History), and he gives further references. Railways only start to become important after 1829 when Stephenson’s Rocket enabled passengers to be pulled quickly by steam locomotive. The subsequent railway mania of the late1830s and 1840s facilitated inexpensive movement of both goods and people. Nearly all of the main English lines had been completed or at least authorized by 1852, the last (London to Sheffield) in 1896, with progress in Wales, Scotland and Ireland being slower.
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