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Express passenger tender locomotives Class 05 of the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft (German Reich Railway).

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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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A 25-ton switcher operated by ALL that was converted to metre gauge

The GE 25-ton switcher (also known as a 25-tonner) is a model of diesel-electric switcher locomotive that was produced by GE Transportation at their Erie, Pennsylvania, facility between 1941 and 1974. Most examples were produced for industrial customers or the United States Armed Forces, although a number of examples were purchased by freight railroads as well. Production totaled approximately 550 units over 33 years for customers on five continents, making it one of the most widely produced switchers in American history. The small size, low top speed (20 mph or 32 km/h) and low power output (150 hp or 110 kW) of the locomotive made it unsuitable for much beyond switching duties. GE specifically marketed the locomotive as an industrial switcher with a low cost. Many 25-tonners operated for decades, and into the 21st century. A number have been preserved at museums, where some continue to perform switching duties.

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a charter train in Jordan

2-8-2 steam locomotive number 71 pulls a charter train out of Amman station, Jordan, over a viaduct on its way south to Qasir in September 2000.

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Flamborough station in 1997

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The preserved C&O 1309 at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in October 2009
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