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The first railway in Slovakia opened in 1840 between Bratislava and Trnava, a distance of about 50km. Trains were originally drawn by horses, locomotive traction followed later.

The majority of main line railways in Slovakia were built to standard (1435mm) gauge. There were many narrow gauge minor railways, especially in the mountainous areas, several of which are still in operation as tourist railways. There is also a Russian gauge (1520mm) line connecting Košice and its nearby steelworks to the Ukrainian border, providing direct access to the railways of the CIS. A long term proposal exists to extend this line westwards to a major freight exchange in Wien (Vienna), Austria.

In 2018, a feasibility study was initiated for a new 20km line, bypassing the community of Palárikovo and thus considerably shortening the distance and journey time between Bratislava and the city of Nitra. This would be the first new railway construction in Slovakia in the 21st century.

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