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Swiss Federal Railways train led by FFS Dt (driving trailer) 508592-33927-1 departs Zurich HB in April 2010
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In rail transport, a train is a vehicle or (more frequently) a string of vehicles capable of being moved along a continuous line of rails or other guideway for the purpose of conveying freight or passengers between points on a predetermined route. The train may be hauled or propelled by one or more vehicles designed exclusively for that purpose (locomotives) or may be driven by a number of motors incorporated in all or several of the vehicles (multiple units).

As of 2016, there are approximately 1,051,767.605 kilometres (653,538.091 mi) of railway track in use worldwide. (World Bank)


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The southern entrance to Kilburn station in 2007

Kilburn is a London Underground station at Brondesbury Park in north-west London. It is on the Jubilee line, between Willesden Green and West Hampstead stations. The station is on the A5 Kilburn High Road or Shoot-up Hill, approximately 0.1 miles (0.16 km) north of Brondesbury station. The station was first opened on the Metropolitan line in 1879 as part of an extension to Willesden Green. The two-track line through the station was quadrupled in the 1910s. After merging to form the London Passenger Transport Board in 1933, Metropolitan line services through the station were transferred to the Stanmore branch of the Bakerloo line, and was extensively rebuilt. This branch was then transferred again to the Jubilee line in 1979. The 1930s station building remains, and was refurbished in 2005. The station is now wheelchair accessible and has frequent train services to Central London.

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Passenger train in Montenegro

Željeznica Crne Gore electric locomotive number 461 039 hauls local train R6103, Bijelo PoljeBar, near Vranjina, Montenegro, in October 2018. The last passenger car is a sleeper, probably hauled empty from Podgorica to Bar.

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Map of proposed and completed railway lines in southeast England in 1840, showing the South Eastern Railway to Folkestone

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UP 4014 leading an excursion train in Echo Canyon, Utah, on May 8, 2019
  • May 2, 2019 – Following an extensive restoration, Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotive number 4014 is operated on its first test runs under its own power. 4014 had sat idle since its last regular run in July 1959. The restoration was carried out by Union Pacific's Steam Shop with a successful test firing on April 9 and yard movements on May 1. The locomotive is expected to serve as part of UP's steam fleet in excursion service. (Trains.com: 1, 2 3; Railway Age; Union Pacific (press release); Associated Press)
A two-car train at Pike's Peak summit in 2012
  • March 13, 2018 – Following a closure over winter for maintenance, Broadmoor, the operator of the Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway, the highest railway in North America, announces that the railway will remain closed for 2018, and could possibly not reopen. The owners cited the infrastructure age, which was first put in place in 1891, and continuing maintenance as the primary reason for the closure. Cog railway experts from Switzerland have recommended electrifying the line. (News 13; Colorado Springs Independent)
The rear car of train number C2072 to Beijing South on February 23, 2018
  • February 23, 2018China Railway Corporation reports that 12.2 million passenger trips were taken on the company's trains on Thursday, February 22, 2018, setting a new record for services following the Spring Festival holiday. Known as 'Chunyun,' the travel rush around the holiday is the busiest time for rail travel on the network every year. (Xinhua)
  • January 31, 2018 – The first Class 331 EMU for Northern Rail in the United Kingdom is unveiled at the CAF factory in Zaragoza. It will be tested in the Czech Republic before being delivered to the UK. (Rail Magazine)
The first of five train sets for Brightline is hauled by the Union Pacific Railroad through Manteca, California on the Fresno Subdivision in December 2016 on its way to Florida

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