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VIA 6760, an MLW FPA4 built in 1959, pulls a passenger train on the Kingston Subdivision about 2 miles west of Newtonville, Ontario, Canada, in October 1980
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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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Former Brooklyn Manor station site beneath the BMT Jamaica Line in 2010

Brooklyn Manor was a station on the Long Island Rail Road's Rockaway Beach Branch located on the south side of Jamaica Avenue at 100th Street, straddling the border between Richmond Hill and Woodhaven in Queens, New York City. The station name referred to the nearby Brooklyn Manor section of Woodhaven, originally a 603-lot development bounded by Woodhaven Boulevard to the west, 96th/98th Streets to the east, Forest Park to the north, and Jamaica Avenue to the south; the station opened in January 1911, and was constructed as a replacement for the Brooklyn Hills station, which was located 3,000 feet (910 m) to the north. This station closed along with the rest of the Rockaway Beach Branch in 1962, and was subsequently demolished.

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PeruRail train in 2017

Two EMD GT42AC diesel-electric locomotives pull a container train from Matarani, Peru, towards the Las Bambas copper mine in 2017; the train is pictured just before arriving at a temporary facility used to transfer the containers from rail to trucks for the remainder of the distance.

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Preserved Sun Lounge car "Hollywood Beach" on display at National Train Day festivities in Tampa, Florida, in 2014

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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. ( 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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