Keretapi Railway Station

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Arthur Benison Hubback, 1871–1948

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 1910

The coming of the railway transformed life in ways that its inventors could not have imagined. It became possible to travel in scarcely an hour a distance that would have taken a day on a horse, and the speeds increased all the time. The spread of railway systems allowed cities to sprawl, and the effects of industrialization in Europe drew people in from the countryside to work in factories. Those who could afford it then sought better living conditions away from the factory chimneys and travelled to work by train.

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