However, it was a long process to Federation, requiring referendums and the Queen’s approval. Each and every colony would have had a different system whether it was their laws, taxes, railway systems, tariffs and transport, this was a problem. The transport in each colony was different such as the railways. At a time when trains were the main means of long-distance land transport, having to change trains at the border of each colony was a great inconvenience. Many people found it hard travelling on one train and getting on another train to cross the colony borders. Those involved in the inter-colonial trade were also troubled by the rail system, having to unload and reload goods and customs checks at each border.After Federation all the railway tracks amongst the country were identical.