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A passenger train operated by Vale in Brazil in 2008
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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 D train terminating at Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in 2008

Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue (also known as Coney Island Terminal and signed on some trains as either Coney Island or Stillwell Avenue) is a New York City Subway terminal in Coney Island, Brooklyn, acting as the railroad-south terminus for the D, F, N, and Q trains. The large facility, originally built in 1919, was designed at a time when Coney Island was the primary summer resort area for the New York metropolitan area, with all of the rail lines in southern Brooklyn funneling service to the area. It is one of the largest elevated transportation terminals in the world. Coney Island–Stillwell Avenue has eight tracks and four island platforms, with trains entering from both compass north and south. It is located at the corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenues in Coney Island, the site of the former West End Terminal. Geographically, the station is the southernmost terminal in the New York City Subway system.

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Two diesel multiple unit trains await their assignments at Nabeul railway station, Tunisia, in 2014.

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The original station building at Hackney Central seen from the platforms in 2009

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2017 in rail transport

  • ET 325, the eastbound unit involved in the February 9 accident, photographed in 2015
    February 9, 2016 – Two Meridian-branded passenger trains collide in a head-on collision at Bad Aibling in southeastern Germany. In total 11 people die and 150 others are injured, including 20 seriously. Early reports suggested that the accident may have been the fault of the dispatcher allowing two opposing trains on a single-track section of line, but police investigating the incident have dismissed theory this as "pure speculation." (Bavaria Police) (Bavaria Police) (Tages Spiegel) (Tegernseer Stimme) (RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland) (BBC)
  • Washington Metro's McPherson Square station in 2012
    January 22, 2016 – In anticipation of heavy snowfall and preparation for the effects of winter storm Jonas, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) shuts down all services for the weekend. Metrorail services, which constitute the second largest rapid transit system in the United States, are suspended as of 11:00 pm and will remain closed until Monday morning. Action to shut down the system was previously taken in October 2012 during hurricane Sandy. Trains will be stored in the system's subway tunnels to shelter them from the storm. (WMATA) (WMATA) (Washington Post) (The Hill)
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    December 30, 2015 – Construction begins on the Ningbo–Fenghua Intercity Railway in China. The 21.8-kilometre long (13.5 mi) line, expected to open in 2020, will be a suburban metro line connecting Gaotang Bridge Station to Jinhai Road Station. (CNNB)
  • A CRH2A train at Nanning station in 2007
    December 11, 2015 – The first phase of the Nanning–Kunming High-Speed Railway, connecting Nanning to Baise, opens. This first section of double track mainline was built to allow CRH2A trains to travel up to 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph). The newly constructed line, which will eventually connect to Kunming, will be Yunnan Province's first high-speed transport corridor to the sea. (GXNews)
  • Flag of Pakistan
    November 17, 2015 – The Jaffar Express passenger train traveling from Quetta to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, derails killing 20 and injuring almost a hundred others. The train's driver and assistant driver were among the fatalities. Early reports indicate that the train's brakes had failed; Pakistan Railways is investigating the accident. See also: Aab-e-Gum derailment (Dawn) (Daiji World) (New Kerala)
  • The rear power car of the derailed train
    November 14, 2015 – A test TGV train traveling eastbound on the southern track of the LGV Est high-speed rail line derails as it enters a curve at 265 km/h (165 mph) in Eckwersheim. The accident killed eleven crew and injured the remaining 42 persons aboard, which included 4 children who were not authorized by SNCF to be on the train. According to investigators, late braking, which led to the train entering the curve at excessive speed, was the immediate cause of the accident. (BBC) (DNA) (SNCF)



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