Railway town

A railway town is a settlement that originated or was greatly developed because of a railway station or 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 Act of 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.


*Herby Nowe

United Kingdom

*Haywards Heath
*Newton Abbot - site of Great Western Railway

United States

*Altoona, Pennsylvania
*Atlanta, Georgia, at one time named "Terminus" because it was the terminal of the Western and Atlantic Railroad
*Chicago, Illinois
*Davis, California
*Etowah, Tennessee
*Sacramento, California
*Woodland, California
*Benson, Arizona

ee also

*Crossroads village
*Company town



*Lucas, Rex. A. 1971. "Minetown, Milltown, Railtown; life in Canadian communities of single industry." Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

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