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Rail track cross sections, National Museum, about 1905Rail track cross sections, National Museum, about 1905

Curator Watkins turned the anthropologist's synoptic series into a history of engineering. Rather than a progression from the most primitive type to the most advanced, his version of a synoptic series showed variations of modern types.

See also: Locomotives, Transportation

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