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Former JZ class 661, now Kosovo Railways 003, with an empty NewCoFerronikeli ore train on its way to the Golesh mine near Prishtinë airport in July 2009
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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 2018, there are approximately 1,052,000 kilometres (654,000 mi) of railway track in use worldwide. (World Bank (via Archive.org))


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A modern view of Jamaica Yard, through which the World's Fair Railroad operated

The IND World's Fair Line, officially the World's Fair Railroad, was a temporary branch of the Independent Subway System (IND) serving the 1939 New York World's Fair in Queens, New York City. It split from the IND Queens Boulevard Line at an existing flying junction east of Forest Hills–71st Avenue station, ran through the Jamaica Yard and then ran northeast and north through Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, roughly along the current path of the Van Wyck Expressway. The line continued along a wooden trestle to the World's Fair Railroad Station, located slightly south of Horace Harding Boulevard (now the Long Island Expressway). The World's Fair station, the only one on the line, consisted of two tracks and three platforms. The line was planned beginning in 1936, and it was constructed in 1938. The line and station were only open in 1939 and 1940 during the Fair's operating season. The World's Fair Railroad and station are the only IND line and station to have been closed and demolished. Remnants of the line are still present in the Jamaica Yard.

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Latvian Railways locomotives

Latvian Railways diesel locomotives of M62 and ChME3 types, stand ready for their next assignment in Riga, Latvia, in October 2015.

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The former Recess Hotel Platform on the Galway to Clifden railway in 1906

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The preserved C&O 1309 at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in October 2009
An Avelia Liberty train on a test run in Delaware in May 2020
Berryessa/North San José station on the first day of service


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