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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 2018, there are approximately 1,052,000 kilometres (654,000 mi) of railway track in use worldwide. (World Bank (via Archive.org))


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An MBTA train at Yawkey in 2014

Yawkey is a passenger rail station on the MBTA Commuter Rail Framingham/Worcester Line, located in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts near Kenmore Square. The station sits below grade between Beacon Street and Brookline Avenue, next to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Yawkey station was originally opened as an infill station in 1988, for limited service to Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. Regular commuter service began in 2001 for riders headed to Boston University, Kenmore Square, and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. Inbound and outbound trains formerly shared a single two-car platform on the inbound track, requiring Yawkey passengers to embark or debark from the front two cars of outbound trains or the rear two cars of inbound trains. In 2012, work began on a new station, which includes two longer high-level platforms and an overhead pedestrian bridge. Passengers boarded from the east end of the new station until March 10, 2014; after delays, it opened fully that day. The new station is served by all Worcester Line trains; it is expected to increase ridership at Yawkey from 585 total daily boardings and alightings to 937. By a 2012 count, there were 827 daily (362 boardings and 465 alightings).

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A freight train in the Democratic Republic of Congo
A freight train in the Democratic Republic of Congo

An ex-South African Railways 33-200 class diesel-electric locomotive, now owned by Sheltam, leads a freight train near Kamina in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for Congo Railway in 2010.

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The former Recess Hotel Platform on the Galway to Clifden railway in 1906
The former Recess Hotel Platform on the Galway to Clifden railway in 1906

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The preserved C&O 1309 at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in October 2009
The preserved C&O 1309 at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in October 2009
An Avelia Liberty train on a test run in Delaware in May 2020
An Avelia Liberty train on a test run in Delaware in May 2020
Berryessa/North San José station on the first day of service
Berryessa/North San José station on the first day of service


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WikiProjects

WikiProject Trains (Shortcut: WP:TWP)

  • WikiProject Stations (WP:STA)
  • WikiProject Streetcars (WP:TRAM)
  • WikiProject Rapid transit (WP:RTPJ) inactive
  • By region:
    • WikiProject Metros of the former Soviet Union (WP:SOVMETRO) inactive
    • WikiProject Indian railways (WP:INRW)
    • WikiProject Trains in Japan (WP:TJ)
    • WikiProject New Zealand Railways (WP:NZR)
    • WikiProject Pakistan Railways (WP:PKR) inactive
    • United Kingdom
      • WikiProject UK Railways (WP:Rail)
      • WikiProject UK Trams (WP:UKTrams) inactive
      • WikiProject London Transport (WP:LT/WP:TUBE)
    • United States
      • WikiProject New York City Public Transportation (WP:NYCPT)
  • Fictional rail transport topics:
    • WikiProject Thomas & Friends (WP:THOMAS)

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