In rail transport, a train is a series of connected vehicles that run along a railway track and transport people or freight. The word train comes from the Old French trahiner, derived from the Latin trahere meaning "to pull, to draw". Trains are typically pulled or pushed by locomotives (often known simply as "engines"), though some are self-propelled, such as multiple units. Passengers and cargo are carried in railroad cars, also known as wagons. Trains are designed to a certain gauge, or distance between rails. Most trains operate on steel tracks with steel wheels, the low friction of which makes them more efficient than other forms of transport.
Trains have their roots in wagonways, which used railway tracks and were powered by horses or pulled by cables. Following the invention of the steam locomotive in the United Kingdom in 1804, trains rapidly spread around the world, allowing freight and passengers to move over land faster and cheaper than ever possible before. Rapid transit and trams were first built in the late 1800s to transport large numbers of people in and around cities. Beginning in the 1920s, and accelerating following World War II, diesel and electric locomotives replaced steam as the means of motive power. Following the development of cars, trucks, and extensive networks of highways which offered greater mobility, as well as faster airplanes, trains declined in importance and market share, and many rail lines were abandoned. The spread of buses led to the closure of many rapid transit and tram systems during this time as well.
Since the 1970s, governments, environmentalists, and train advocates have promoted increased use of trains due to their greater fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to other modes of land transport. High-speed rail, first built in the 1960s, has proven competitive with cars and planes over short to medium distances. Commuter rail has grown in importance since the 1970s as an alternative to congested highways and a means to promote development, as has light rail in the 21st century. Freight trains remain important for the transport of bulk commodities such as coal and grain, as well as being a means of reducing road traffic congestion by freight trucks.
While conventional trains operate on relatively flat tracks with two rails, a number of specialized trains exist which are significantly different in their mode of operation. Monorails operate on a single rail, while funiculars and rack railways are uniquely designed to traverse steep slopes. Experimental trains such as high speed maglevs, which use magnetic levitation to float above a guideway, are under development in the 2020s and offer higher speeds than even the fastest conventional trains. Development of trains which use alternative fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen is another 21st century development.
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December 9, 2021
The ambient dream-pop duo’s fourth album is split between fragile vocal meditations and instrumentals as delicate as origami cranes.
December 5, 2021
Normani has given an update about when fans can expect to hear her debut album release. READ MORE: Megan Thee Stallion & Normani’s ‘Diamonds’ is a cocky boost of self-esteem Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the 2021 Soul Train Awards, Normani was asked if she had a message for fans about her debut album. In […] The post Normani gives update on debut album: “Summer’s gonna be lit” appeared first on NME.
December 5, 2021
"Michael Geoffrey Jones, born to Russian Jewish mother Renee Zagansky, would come to be known as punk rock legend Mick Jones," Foo Fighters frontman notes of latest cover
December 5, 2021
It's the latest instalment in the pair's Festival of Lights celebrations The post Watch Dave Grohl cover The Clash’s ‘Train In Vain’ with Greg Kurstin appeared first on NME.
November 29, 2021
The award show was broadcast from the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem.
November 29, 2021
The debut collaborative album of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak arrived earlier this month The post Watch Silk Sonic perform ‘Fly As Me’ and ‘Smokin’ Out The Window’ at the BET Soul Train Awards appeared first on NME.
November 23, 2021
Train's Pat Monahan, Reba McEntire, Smokey Robinson and Jana Kramer are among the artists appearing in Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies this holiday season.
November 22, 2021
"He was a lovely guy and had a wonderful voice" The post Big Big Train’s David Longdon has died aged 56 appeared first on NME.
November 12, 2021
LiSA shared a music video accompanying “Akeboshi” (“Morning Star”), her new track being featured as the opening theme of the Mugen Train story arc of the Japanese anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
November 5, 2021
To celebrate the annual switch to holiday music on iHeartRadio stations nationwide -- starting Friday night (Nov. 5) at 5 p.m. local time -- Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Michael Bublé and Train will perform Christmas classics at the second annual iHeartRadio Holiday Special later this month.
November 2, 2021
H.E.R. leads the 2021 Soul Train Awards nominations with eight nods. Maxwell and Ashanti will receive special awards.
October 30, 2021
The original version of the track appears on the singer-songwriter's latest album 'Sob Rock' The post John Mayer turns ‘Last Train Home’ into schmaltzy retro ballad appeared first on NME.
October 29, 2021
The song comes off his album Sob Rock
October 25, 2021
Taken from the upcoming reissue of 'The Invisible Band' The post Travis share “beautiful” unreleased demos of ‘Dear Diary’ and ‘Last Train appeared first on NME.
October 18, 2021
The 2021 Soul Train Awards will be taped at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, marking the first time the show has been broadcast from New York in its 34-year history.
October 1, 2021
Jason Isbell is making good on a promise with his upcoming album Georgia Blue.
October 1, 2021
Latest release from Isbell's Georgia Blue gives Spencer in the lead vocalist role, with support from John Paul White
September 21, 2021
Singer-songwriter teamed up with over 25 musicians from 12 countries to create a new version of the 1971 track
September 3, 2021
Arnold “Arnie” Pustilnik, a concert promoter and artist manager who helped shepherd the careers of stars including Train, Carlos Santana and Joe Satriani, died Aug. 20.
August 19, 2021
Jerhonda Pace was 16 when the prosecution says the R&B star took her virginity
July 25, 2021
Each Sunday, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in our archives is eligible. Today we revisit Sean “Diddy” Combs’ 2010 side project: a dark and stormy concept album about one man’s transit through love.
July 16, 2021
Mayer gave late-night TV viewers a taste of what to expect when he performed two "Sob Rock" songs, “Shouldn't Matter but It Does” and “Last Train Home.”
June 12, 2021
"I decided to take the new song for a spin on acoustic guitar" The post John Mayer shares beautiful acoustic rendition of new single ‘Last Train Home’ appeared first on NME.
June 4, 2021
The singer channels the likes of Toto, Kenny Loggins and Bryan Adams on the latest preview of his upcoming new album The post John Mayer takes it back to the ’80s in video for new single ‘Last Train Home’ appeared first on NME.
April 14, 2021
Acting as a bridge between the band's previous livestream and their upcoming Mayan Theater performance The post Puscifer share ‘Bullet Train to Iowa’ video as prologue to forthcoming livestream appeared first on NME.
February 5, 2021
Jim Weatherly, the country music singer-songwriter who wrote Gladys Knight's hit "Midnight Train To Georgia," has died. He was 77.
December 17, 2020
The rapper will star in David Leitch’s action flick Bullet Train
December 14, 2020
Diddy's Last Train to Paris turns 10 on MOnday (Dec. 14). In honor of his fifth album, which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, the hip-hop luminary provides never-before-seen studio sessions with Kid Cudi, Busta Rhymes, and more. …
November 30, 2020
Chris Brown was the top winner at the 2020 Soul Train Awards, which aired on BET on Sunday (Nov. 29). Brown won four of the 12 awards presented, including best R&B/soul male artist.