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DB Class "012" 4-6-2 No.012 063 pulls a passenger train from Rheine Hbf on a Norddeich - Munster express in 1972
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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 2017, there are approximately 1,051,767.605 kilometres (653,538.091 mi) of railway track in use worldwide. (World Bank)


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A Deutsche Reichsbahn oil train at Schloss Dornburg in 1990

The Deutsche Reichsbahn or DR (German Reich Railways) was the operating name of state owned railways in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), and after German reunification until 31 December 1993. In 1949 occupied Germany's railways were returned to German control after four years of Allied control following World War II. Those in the Soviet occupation zone (which became the German Democratic Republic or GDR on 7 October 1949) continued to run as the Deutsche Reichsbahn, the name given to the German national railways in 1937. In West Germany, the Reichsbahn was succeeded by the Deutsche Bundesbahn (DB). Both the Reichsbahn and the Bundesbahn continued as separate entities until 1994, when they merged to form the Deutsche Bahn.

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A train of the Eritrean Railway, pulled by diesel locomotive number 27D, traverses the Massawa-Asmara line between Ghinda and Embatkalla in 2011.

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The southern signal box at Torquay station in 2009

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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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  1. ^ Priscilla Waggoner (November 21, 2019). "Colorado Pacific Makes Offer to Buy Union Pacific's Tennessee Pass Railroad Line". Kiowa County Independent. Retrieved December 10, 2019.