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The argument is that neither Britain nor Russia wanted the other to construct a railway. Starting in the 1870s, both Britain and Russia each pressured Iranian monarchs to grant it a railroad concession and to deny one to the other power. As a result, Iran’s interests were completely ignored, and, with the exception of several insignificant branches, ...


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Anglo-Russian Rivalry was a factor in the slow development of Iranian railways. An online source drawing from an article in Railway Magazine (Jan 1963), by M.A. Baker, provides the following background information which indicates that the Persian government was itself, in part responsible for the slow development of rail in their country: Until the 1930s, ...


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