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A Makedonski Železnici passenger train pulled by a class 661 locomotive at Veles, Macedonia, in 2010
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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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Amtrak AEM-7 #923 pushes the Keystone Service train to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2010

An electric locomotive is a locomotive powered by electricity from overhead lines, a third rail or on-board energy storage such as a battery or fuel cell. Electric locomotives with on-board fuelled prime movers, such as diesel engines or gas turbines, are classed as diesel-electric or gas turbine-electric locomotives because the electric generator/motor combination serves only as a power transmission system. Electricity is used to eliminate smoke and take advantage of the high efficiency of electric motors, but the cost of electrification means that usually only heavily used lines can be electrified.

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Jung locomotive circa 1905

A Jung 0-6-2T locomotive and crew pause for a photograph during the construction of the Otavi Railway circa 1905 in German South-West Africa (present day Namibia).

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