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).
September 25, 2013 – Upset commuters in Jakarta, Indonesia, stage two days of protests against KA Commuter Jabodetabek (KRL), the city's commuter railway company, following implementation of a ticket sales limiting practice. In 2011, Indonesia's Ministry of Transportation issued a decree to promote safety that would require railway companies to limit ticket sales to 150% of a train's capacity; KRL began implementation of this limit on Monday. Officials from the railway cited the prevalence of roof riders as part of the impetus for the limit. Demonstrators on Wednesday piled debris on the tracks at Tigaraksa station preventing any train movement into or out of the city via the station. (Jakarta Post: Tuesday protests)(Jakarta Post: Wednesday protests)
August 27, 2013 – At the board of directors meeting for Metra, the reduced board unanimously elects Don Orseno to become the railroad's new interim CEO. The six-member board was operating with reduced membership following the resignation of five board members in response to the departure of the previous CEO Alex Clifford in June and his reported $871,000 severance package. Orseno and Alex Wiggins had both been appointed as acting co-executive directors at that time; Orseno's new appointment is to the position of interim CEO because the board can make that appointment with only four votes, but needs eight votes to approve a permanent CEO. Orseno's long railroad career, beginning with work to set up trains and check doors for the Rock Island played favorably in the board's decision. (Chicago Sun-Times)(Chicago Tribune)(CBS Chicago)
July 24, 2013 – An Alviahigh-speed train traveling from Madrid to Ferrol, in the north-west of Spain, derails at high speed on a curve, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) outside of the railway station at Santiago de Compostela. Of the 222 people (218 passengers and four crew) aboard, around 140 were injured and 78 were killed. The train's data recorder registered a driver's statement that the train was traveling at over twice the posted speed limit of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) when it entered a bend in the line. The crash was Spain's worst rail disaster in nearly 70 years, since the Torre del Bierzo crash in 1944. See also: Santiago de Compostela derailment
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