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[update], there are approximately 1,370,782 kilometres (851,764 mi) of railway track in use worldwide.
The Dashaveyor was an automated guideway transit (AGT) system developed during the 1960s and 70s. Originally developed by the Dashaveyor Company for moving cargo, the system used motorized pallets that could be routed on the fly to any destination in an extended network. The pallets could run at high speeds between stations, climb steep grades at slower speeds, and even climb vertically. They were designed to replace several manned vehicles with a single automated one, controlled from a central operating station. One such system was installed and operated at the White Pine mine from 1968 to 1972, but was considered a failure. Bendix Corporation purchased the rights to the basic Dashaveyor system in order to use it as the basis for an AGT system during the heyday of urban transport research in the late 1960s. Often referred to as the Bendix-Dashaveyor in this form, the system used the basic design of the cargo system, but with a larger passenger body running on rubber wheels. Only one such system was installed, the 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) Toronto Zoo Domain Ride which operated from 1976 until a lack of proper maintenance led to an accident that forced its closure in 1994.
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)
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