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Transport (BE) or transportation (AE) is the movement of humans, animals, and goods from one location to another. In other words, the action of transport is defined as a particular movement of an organism or thing from a point A (a place in space) to a point B.
Modes of transport include air, land (rail and road), water, cable, pipeline, and space. The field can be divided into infrastructure, vehicles, and operations. Transport enables trade between people, which is essential for the development of civilizations.
Transport infrastructure consists of the fixed installations, including roads, railways, airways, waterways, canals, and pipelines and terminals such as airports, railway stations, bus stations, warehouses, trucking terminals, refueling depots (including fueling docks and fuel stations), and seaports. Terminals may be used both for interchange of passengers and cargo and for maintenance. (Full article...)
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Route taken by the ice block expedition
The ice block expedition of 1959 (Norwegian: isblokkekspedisjonen) was a publicity stunt carried out by the Norwegian insulation material producer Glassvatt. Responding to a challenge from the radio station Radio Luxembourg, Glassvatt decided to equip a truck to bring a three-ton block of ice from Mo i Rana by the Arctic Circle, to Libreville by the Equator. There was no form of refrigeration applied, and the expedition was intended to display the efficiency of the insulating glass wool used. The truck also brought 300 kg of medicines to the hospital of Albert Schweitzer in Lambaréné.
The expedition then was followed by a worldwide press corps, and crowds of spectators gathered in various European cities along the route. Crossing the Sahara
, where the truck repeatedly got stuck in the sand, proved both a dangerous and laborious task. Once the truck had made it through the desert, however, and reached its final destination, it was revealed that the ice block had lost only about 11% of its original weight. When the expedition reached its goal it generated much media attention for the company. It was called "the world's greatest publicity stunt". To mark the 50th anniversary of the event in 2009, the company made the original documentary of the expedition available online. They also released a new interview with the expedition's leader Sivert Klevan, who was 84 years old at the time of the interview. (Full article...
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The Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz (or Davos Platz [Summer only]) in Switzerland is one of the great train journeys in the world. It is not an "express" in the sense of being a high-speed train (it isn't) but rather in the sense that it provides a one-seat ride from end to end, even though the train travels over several different railroad lines; reputedly it is the slowest "express" in the world. The trip on the Glacier Express is a 7½ hour railway journey across 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass at 2,033 metres in altitude. The entire line is metre gauge, and large portions of it use a rack-and-pinion system both for ascending steep grades and to control the descent of the train on the back side of those grades.
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European rail subsidies in euros per passenger-km for 2008 (from
16th-century minecart, an early example of unpowered rail transport (from
heritage railway lines in green and former routes in light blue (from Rail transport)
Map of railways in Europe with main operational lines shown in black,
An ambulance from World War I (from
Arizona - North America - Southwest - Interstate Highway System (4893585908) (from
Eurostat and the European Railway Agency, the fatality risk for passengers and occupants on European railways is 28 times lower when compared with car usage (based on data by EU-27 member nations, 2008–2010). (from Rail transport)
Locomotion at Darlington Railway Centre and Museum (from Rail transport)
roundabout in Bristol, United Kingdom, attempts to make traffic flow free-moving.
The engineering of this
Interior view of a high-speed bullet train, manufactured in China (from
Railroad at Central of Georgia roundhouse, circa 1875. (from
Tampere Tunnel, allow traffic to pass underground or through rock formations. (from Transport)
Tunnels, such as the
Seattle, Washington, United States.
Transport is a key component of growth and globalization, such as in
The Steam engine and gas and oil engines (1900) by John Perry (from Rail transport)
Diagram of Priestman Oil Engine from
London Underground in the early 1900s (sketch by unknown artist)
Passengers waiting to board a tube train on the
Union Pacific traditionally own and operate both their rolling stock and infrastructure, with the company itself typically being privately owned. (from Rail transport)
In the United States, railroads such as the
car on the way to the front in August 1914. The message on the car reads Von München über Metz nach Paris. (From Munich via Metz to Paris). (from Rail transport)
German soldiers in a railway
A prototype of a Ganz AC electric locomotive in Valtellina, Italy, 1901 (from
A replica of a "Little Eaton Tramway" wagon, the tracks are plateways (from
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