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Right. Challenge – to write approximately 200 words about Rail Tracks, without once mentioning the majesty of the steam trains to be found in Steam Railway. The simple rail track is actually a work of engineering majesty. It may look simple, but this underappreciated strip of metal atop heavy wooden sleepers was critical to the modernising and industrialisation of Britain. Years of labour went into constructing the labyrinthine network of railtracks that snaked their way across the country, from top to bottom. Navvies, short for Navigational Engineers (in truth, mostly hard working Irish labourers) cut banks, went through hills and up slopes, across rivers and many, many miles of land, all toiling so that the rails would connect the cities and workplaces of Britain. Without good rail, that which went on top of it could simply not have existed – the simple steel or iron line of metal has gone sadly unappreciated. They are the enabler, the conqueror of the canal, eventually vanquished by the road when it comes to freight, but for a long time perhaps the most important static part of the infrastructure of Britain. They may not look flashy, or glorious as the… wait, can’t mention trains. They may not look like much, but their simplicity, ease of making and ubiquitous qualities helped propel this nation into the future. Challenge – just about passed. NB