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Steam Locomotive
A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE is a type of railway locomotive that produces its pulling power through a steam engine . These locomotives are fueled by burning combustible material – usually coal, wood, or oil – to produce steam in a boiler . The steam moves reciprocating pistons which are mechanically connected to the locomotive's main wheels (drivers). Both fuel and water supplies are carried with the locomotive, either on the locomotive itself or in wagons (tenders) pulled behind. The first steam locomotive, made by Richard Trevithick , first operated on 21 February 1804, three years after the road locomotive he made in 1801. The first practical steam locomotive was created in 1812–13 by John Blenkinsop . Built by George Stephenson and his son Robert 's company Robert Stephenson
Robert Stephenson
and Company , the Locomotion No
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Glossary Of North American Railway Terms
This page contains a list of terms , jargon , and slang used to varying degrees by railfans and railroad employees in the United States and Canada
Canada
. Although not exhaustive, many of the entries in this list appear from time to time in specialist, rail-related publications. Inclusion of a term in this list does not necessarily imply its universal adoption by all railfans and railroad employees, and there may be significant regional variation in usage
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Glossary Of Australian Railway Terms
This page contains a list of jargon used to varying degrees by railfans and trainspotters in Australia
Australia
, including nicknames for various locomotives and multiple units. Although not exhaustive, many of the entries in this list appear from time to time in specialist, rail-related publications. Inclusion of a term in this list does not necessarily imply its universal adoption by all railfans and enthusiasts, and there may be significant regional variation in usage. State variances may be indicated by the state abbreviation (e.g. VIC, NSW)
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Dual Coupling
Different types of railroad rolling stock have different couplers depending on the purpose and type of equipment being used and its intended destination. European rolling stock tend to use buffers and chain couplers while American rolling stock uses a Janney coupler or "knuckle coupler". These are incompatible with each other, but where some railroads have obtained older, less expensive used rolling stock from different countries or regions, instead of having to standardize on one form of coupler, it may be useful to be able to use either type of coupler on a piece of rolling stock without having to remove anything. It is possible to mount both buffers and chain and knuckle couplers on the same car, provided that one can swing out of the way. Alternatively, either a lug to hold the chain is cast in the body of the coupler or a chain is mounted on top of the coupler. This is also done with an SA3 coupler built by SAB WABCO
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Rail Subsidies
Many countries offer subsidies to their railways because of the social and economic benefits that it brings. Those countries usually also fund or subsidize road construction, and therefore effectively subsidize road transport as well. Rail subsidies
Rail subsidies
vary in both size and how they are distributed, with some countries funding the infrastructure and others funding trains and their operators, while others have a mixture of both. Subsidies can be used for either investment in upgrades and new lines, or to keep lines running that would otherwise be unprofitable. Rail subsidies
Rail subsidies
are largest in Europe (€73 billion) and China
China
($130 billion), while the United States
United States
has relatively small subsidies for passenger rail and freight is not subsidized at all
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Wheelset (rail Transport)
A WHEELSET is the wheel - axle assembly of a railroad car . The frame assembly beneath each end of a car, railcar or locomotive that holds the wheelsets is called the bogie (or truck in North America
North America
). Most North American freight cars have two bogies with two or three wheelsets, depending on the type of car; short freight cars generally have no bogies but instead have two wheelsets. CONTENTS * 1 Grovers bogie * 2 Special
Special
wheelsets * 3 Semi-conical shape * 4 Gallery * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Sources * 8 External links GROVERS BOGIETwo-axle cars operating on lines with sharp curves, such as Queensland Railways , used Grovers bogies
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Rail Transport By Country
This page provides an index of articles on RAIL TRANSPORT BY COUNTRY. Other indexes available include: * List of railway companies
List of railway companies
by country * List of countries by rail transport network size * Rail usage statistics by country *
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Railway Coupling Conversion
From time to time, a railway decides that it needs to upgrade its coupling system from one that is proving unsatisfactory, to another that meets future requirements. This can be done gradually, which can create lots of problems with transitional incompatibilities, or overnight, which requires a lot of planning. CONTENTS* 1 By region * 1.1 Japan * 1.2 Australia * 1.3 Europe * 1.4 United States * 1.5 Latin America * 1.6 Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and successor states * 1.7 Middle East * 1.8 Africa * 2 See also * 3 References BY REGIONJAPANJapan converted its British-derived buffer and chain couplings to the American Janney coupling over a period of a few days in the early 1920s, after considerable preparation
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Railway Coupling By Country
Listed below are railway couplers as used on historic and modern industrial, mainline, mining, narrow gauge, plantation and transit railways. Couplers are often known by more than one name. Compromise couplers or cars are used to transition between coupler types
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Railway Coupling
A COUPLING (or a COUPLER) is a mechanism for connecting rolling stock in a train. The design of the coupler is standard, and is almost as important as the track gauge , since flexibility and convenience are maximised if all rolling stock can be coupled together. The equipment that connects the couplings to the rolling stock is known as the DRAFT GEAR or DRAW GEAR
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List Of Railway Companies
This is a list of the world's RAILWAY OPERATING COMPANIES listed alphabetically by continent and country. This list includes companies operating both now and in the past. Note also that in some countries, the railway operating bodies are not companies, but are government departments or authorities. Particularly in many European countries beginning in the late-1980s, with privatizations and the separation of the track ownership and management from running the trains, there are now many track-only companies and train-only companies
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Railroad Car
A RAILROAD CAR or RAILCAR (American and Canadian English ), RAILWAY WAGON or RAILWAY CARRIAGE (UK and UIC ), also called a TRAIN CAR or TRAIN WAGON, is a vehicle used for the carrying of cargo or passengers on a rail transport system (a railroad/railway). Such cars, when coupled together and hauled by one or more locomotives , form a train . Alternatively, some passenger cars are self-propelled in which case they may be either single railcars or make up multiple units . The term "CAR" is commonly used by itself in American English
American English
when a rail context is implicit. Indian English
Indian English
sometimes uses "BOGIE" in the same manner, though the term has other meanings in other variants of English. In American English, "railcar" is a generic term for a railway vehicle; in other countries "railcar " refers specifically to a self-propelled, powered, railway vehicle
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Schiefe Ebene
The SCHIEFE EBENE (German pronunciation: literally: 'inclined plane ') is a steep railway incline on the course of the Bamberg–Hof section of the Ludwig South-North Railway in the region of Upper Franconia , in Bavaria , Germany . CONTENTS * 1 Location and construction * 2 Operation * 3 Accident in 1944 * 4 Literature * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links LOCATION AND CONSTRUCTIONThe SCHIEFE EBENE is located in the Landkreis (country district) of Kulmbach , beginning east of Neuenmarkt –Wirsberg station and ending at Marktschorgast . The route is not electrified, but has been widened to two tracks. On the adjacent incline between Marktschorgast and Stammbach , the second track has been subsequently dismantled. On its way into the Franconian Forest mountains the ramp climbs 157.7 metres over a distance of 6.8 kilometres and therefore has an average incline of 23‰
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Track (rail Transport)
The TRACK on a railway or railroad , also known as the PERMANENT WAY, is the structure consisting of the rails, fasteners, railroad ties (sleepers, British English) and ballast (or slab track), plus the underlying subgrade . It enables trains to move by providing a dependable surface for their wheels to roll upon. For clarity it is often referred to as RAILWAY TRACK (British English and UIC terminology ) or RAILROAD TRACK (predominantly in the United States). Tracks where electric trains or electric trams run are equipped with an electrification system such as an overhead electrical power line or an additional electrified rail . The term permanent way also refers to the track in addition to lineside structures such as fences
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Germany
Coordinates : 51°N 9°E / 51°N 9°E / 51; 9 Federal Republic
Republic
of Germany Bundesrepublik Deutschland (German ) Flag Coat of arms MOTTO: "Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit " (de facto) "Unity and Justice and Freedom" ANTHEM: " Deutschlandlied
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