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Steam train
Most trains are steam-powered
1930 There are about 20,283 miles of railway routes in Britain.

The decade sees the start of a small-scale programme to close some less profitable routes. The process of unprofitable route closures is rapidly accelerated after the 1963 Beeching Plan.

1933 The first mainline in Britain between London-Brighton is electrified, but steam continues to predominate until full scale electrification of Britain's railway tracks begins in 1955.

1939 The government forms the Railway Executive Committee to run Britain's railway network during World War 2.


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