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An electric multiple unit train on the Baku-Sabunci line, Azerbaijan, in 1933
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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 Queens-bound G train of R68s at Seventh Avenue in 2011

The G Brooklyn–Queens Crosstown Local is a rapid transit service in the B Division of the New York City Subway. It is colored lime green on route signs, station signs, and the official subway map, since it runs on the IND Crosstown Line. The G operates between Court Square in Long Island City, Queens and Church Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn via the IND Crosstown and Culver lines. It only serves two stations in Queens (Court Square and 21st Street), but previously served all stations to/from 71st Avenue in Forest Hills, Queens on the IND Queens Boulevard Line. It is the only non-shuttle service in the system that does not serve Manhattan and suffers from frequent disruptions and poor service, leading to criticism from politicians and residents of the neighborhoods to which it travels.

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Historical train Křivoklát express

A railroad worker performs light maintenance tasks on a preserved steam locomotive of the Křivoklát express heritage train in Slovakia in 2010.

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The SNCF industrial site of Moulin-Neufin 2008
  • ...that the Moulin Neuf Industrial Equipment Facility behind Gare de Chambly in France was originally built during World War I and opened in 1916 by the French military for repairing strategic infrastructure behind the front lines?
  • ...that the former Ribbleton railway station building in Ribbleton, a suburb of Preston, Lancashire, England, still stands as a private house with the former track bed through its garden?
  • ...that the Scottish Midland Junction Railway's line, which opened in 1848, was the last line in the United Kingdom to host regular steam locomotive hauled trains that ran at an average speed of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h)?
  • ...that although both Eltham Park and Eltham Well Hall stations in South East London were closed and replaced by the current Eltham railway station, which opened on 17 March 1985 when a section of the A2 opened, the platforms and buildings of the disused Eltham Park station still survive?

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