Other forms of guided ground transport outside the traditional railway definitions, such as monorail or maglev, have been tried but have seen limited use.Following decline after World War II due to competition from cars, rail transport has had a revival in recent decades due to road congestion and rising fuel prices, as well as governments investing in rail as a means of reducing CO The history of rail transport began in the 6th century BC in Ancient Greece. Your browser will take you to a Web page (URL) associated with that DOI name. Rail transport is a means of transferring of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, also known as tracks.
Thus the railway system in Great Britain is the oldest in the world.
The oldest known, man/animal-hauled railways date back to the 6th century BC in Corinth, Greece.
Rail transport then commenced in mid 16th century in Germany in form of horse-powered funiculars and wagonways.
It can be divided up into several discrete periods defined by the principal means of track material and motive power used.
Evidence indicates that there was 6 to 8.5 km long Diolkos paved trackway, which transported boats across the Isthmus of Corinth in Greece from around 600 BC.