Built in, what, early 19th Century, you think? Very late 18th?
Ha! You got lost in the steam, I'll bet. Try 1504; or maybe 1495, And not on the flat and level. Not even in a straight line!
It's the Reiszug, an inclined plane serving a castle in Austria -- and it's still there. Still works, too.
The thing probably started out as a simple sledge and a sort of wooden slide with a windlass at the top. There's uncertainly when rails were added, which is where the "1504 or 1495" comes in, and the stationary "engine" was originally men, later beast, eventually steam and finally electricity.
Say what you will, it's a helluva way to run a railroad.
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