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A Ukrainian Railway passenger train traveling from Kharkiv to Kiev in 2012
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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 2006, there are approximately 1,370,782 kilometres (851,764 mi) of railway track in use worldwide.


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A portion of the tracks and platforms at Roosevelt Island station in 2008

Roosevelt Island is a station on the IND 63rd Street Line of the New York City Subway. Located in Manhattan on Roosevelt Island in the East River, it is served by the F train at all times. At 100 feet (30 m) below ground, the station is one of the deepest in the system because the line has to pass under the West and East Channels of the East River. In the 1960s, the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) announced that it would build a subway station on Roosevelt Island to encourage transit-oriented development on the island. The station opened in October 1989 along with the rest of the 63rd Street Line. Until December 2001, this was the second-to-last stop of the line, which terminated one stop east at 21st Street–Queensbridge. In 2001 the 63rd Street Tunnel Connection opened, allowing trains from the IND Queens Boulevard Line to use the line. Since the opening of the connection, the line has been served by F trains, and the subway then became the second means for direct travel between the island and Queens, supplementing the buses that had been operating over the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

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A ČD Cargo train

A pair of Class 363 electric locomotives operated by ČD Cargo pulls a trainload of Hyundai automobiles through Plzeň, Czech Republic, on the route from Nošovice to Germany in 2015.

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IÉ locomotive number 223 pulls the 'Enterprise' service near Cloghogue in 2006

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2018 in rail transport

  • 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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