A railway town is a settlement that originated or was greatly developed because of a
railway stationor junction at its site. Examples include:
Peterborough, South Australia[cite web
title=Peterborough - South Australia - Australia - Travel - smh.com.au
Serviceton, Victoria[cite web
title=Serviceton - Victoria - Australia - Travel - theage.com.au
Seymour, Victoria[cite book
author = John C. Jennings and Robert K. Whitehead
title = "Seymour - A Railway Town"
publisher = Seymour and District Historical Society
date = July 2005
isbn = 0 9751658 0 1 ]
Werris Creek, New South Wales[cite web
title=Philippa Rogers | The Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum | Labour History, 90 | The History Cooperative
Under the provisions of the
Dominion Lands Actof 1870, the railway companies had the power to survey new townsites along their rail lines, throughout Western Canada. Virtually every community in Western Canada that was created after 1870 (the majority) was directly created by the rail companies. One company, the Grand Trunk Pacific, actually began naming the new towns along its main line in alphabetical order from east to west, demonstrating the arbitrary nature of their planning powers.
*Ōmiya, Saitama is now a part of Saitama City.
Newton Abbot- site of Great Western Railway
Atlanta, Georgia, at one time named "Terminus" because it was the terminal of the Western and Atlantic Railroad
*Lucas, Rex. A. 1971. "Minetown, Milltown, Railtown; life in Canadian communities of single industry." Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
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