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A PKP passenger train led by locomotive number EP07-374 leaves Gdańsk Główny railway station in September 2015
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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 King County Metro bus passes a Link light rail train at University Street station in 2010

University Street is a light rail and bus station that is part of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. The station is located under 3rd Avenue at University Street, between Westlake and Pioneer Square stations. It is served by the Central Link, part of Sound Transit's Link light rail system, as well as buses from King County Metro and Sound Transit Express. The station was designed in the style of high-tech architecture and includes several pieces of public art added during construction and later additions. The transit tunnel opened on September 15, 1990, and was used exclusively by buses until until 2009. Along with all other stations in the transit tunnel, University Street station was closed from 2005 to 2007 for a major renovation to accommodate light rail. Link light rail service to the station began on July 18, 2009. Trains and buses serve the station 20 hours a day on most days; the headway between light rail trains is 6 minutes during peak periods, with less frequent service at other times.

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Electric locomotive 2ES6-137 with freight train leaves Golden Sopka station

An RŽD freight train, led by 2ES6 class electric locomotive number 137, departs Golden Sopka station in 2010.

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An Exmouth to Paignton train stops at Exeter St Thomas to pick up commuters in 2008

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