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A diesel multiple unit train of Belgrano Sur makes a station stop in February 2018
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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 station building at Edmonds in 2017

Edmonds is a train station serving the city of Edmonds, Washington, in the United States. The station is served by Amtrak's Cascades and Empire Builder routes, as well as Sound Transit's Sounder North Line, which runs between Everett and Seattle. It is located west of Downtown Edmonds adjacent to the city's ferry terminal, served by the Edmonds–Kingston ferry, and a Community Transit bus station. Edmonds station has a passenger waiting area, a single platform, and a model railroad exhibit, the station was opened by the Great Northern Railway in 1957, replacing the city's older depot from 1910. It was transferred to Burlington Northern (later BNSF Railway) in 1970, but passenger service ceased when Amtrak took over Burlington Northern's passenger routes in May 1971. Amtrak began operating passenger service from Edmonds station in July 1972. Sound Transit began operating Sounder trains to Edmonds station in 2003, and later rebuilt the station and transit center in 2011.

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Tank cars in Azerbaijan

A train of tank cars, with a separation for a level crossing to allow carts and pedestrians to pass, stands at the Nobels oil facilities in Baku circa 1900.

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A train on the London Bridge – Greenwich Railway Viaduct above Landmann Way in 2010

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B&O's Columbian in 1949



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2018 in rail transport

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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