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Rail transport

Rail transport is a means of transferring of passengers and goods on wheeled vehicles running on rails, also known as tracks. It is also commonly referred to as train transport. In contrast to road transport, where vehicles run on a prepared flat surface, rail vehicles (rolling stock) are directionally guided by the tracks on which they run. Tracks usually consist of steel rails, installed on ties (sleepers) and ballast, on which the rolling stock, usually fitted with metal wheels, moves. Other variations are also possible, such as slab track, where the rails are fastened to a concrete foundation resting on a prepared subsurface.

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Rail Transportation in Photography

Railways are becoming more and more popular in photography use. Is it because it looks pretty, or does it have a deeper, more artistic meaning? "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -Will Rogers

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