The background is that I try to understand how complex socioeconomic systems based on a technology mix came in place and how they evolve today.
So I thought of an example, and picked railroads. If I think of railroads, there is actually no "railroad technology", it is rather a complex mix of technological components and services, but still they play together very well as a system.
There had been lots of different approaches, e.g. putting traditional cabs on rails, and all the bits were put together. But, can we track back a moment where some entity established a strategic development plan before the commercial success of technology (or rather technology mix) was clear? Any type of MVP welcome. But consider who has built the first connection between two cities, might have had and pursued that master plan - or not?
For sure there will be a lot of literature on railroads history, but I do not know whether specifically this aspect has been adressed somewhere.