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The first public railway in Luxembourg opened in 1859 between Luxembourg City and Thionville, France, a distance of about 30km, of which about 16km is in Luxembourg. The line was built to standard (1435mm) gauge by the Compagnie Guillaume-Luxembourg, but operated under concession by the French Compagnie des chemins de fer de l'Est, with whose system the new line connected at Thionville.

Subsequent rail development in the country was predominantly standard gauge, athough there were a few narrow gauge minor and industrial lines.

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