Trains and Railroads

Trains are rail vehicles that travel along a track to transport passengers or freight from one location to another. They are usually powered by diesel locomotives or by electricity, which is supplied by a third rail or overhead lines.

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What is the amtrak phone number?


Answer 2

for immediatre reservation call a service representative at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245) or TDD/TTY (1-800-523-6590).

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What noise does a train make?

It depends on the type of train and if they are approaching a crossing. Electric trains are much quieter than diesel trains which are quieter than steam trains. Also freight trains and passenger trains sound different. It really does depend on many factors.

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Why does the pressure under a train need to be low?

On the typical train, there is no effort to control pressure above or below a train.

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When did trains start running in Australia?

It depends on what type of train is meant by the question.

The first horse-drawn railway track was established in South Australia on 18 May 1854. It ran between Goolwa and Port Elliot, and the train, which was mostly for goods, was entirely powered by horses.

Victoria was the first Australian state to have a completed mechanical railway line. Railways were first established on 12 September 1854 in Melbourne, Victoria when Australia's first steam train ran from Flinders Street to Sandridge, now Port Melbourne.

The first attempt to construct a railway line in Australia had come when the Sydney Railway Company began constructing a railway track in New South Wales between Sydney and Parramatta, but financial problems delayed its completion. The NSW government took over, and the line was finally opened on 26 September 1855, a year after the Melbourne line.

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Do they serve food on an Amtrak train?

Amtrak say yes. Many customers disagree

* Added - It depends upon the train. Very few Amtrak trains offer any type of food service. The typical food service consists of a dining car or club car that has a good choice of beverages and a microwave for heating pre-packaged food. Most Amtrak travellers would say that the food service is not worth the price.

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What are old train stations in Hyde Park?

On a map of the Chicago World's Fair, 1933/1934 Century of Progress, the following Illinois Central Stations are shown: 18th Street, 22nd St., 29th St., 31st St., 35th St. and 39th St.

Perhaps the stairwell and railing you saw was a remnant of one these stations.

Also, you mention the 53rd Street station. You might find it interesting to know that during the summer of 1865, Mary Todd Lincoln and her son Robert Lincoln lived in a hotel located next to the 53rd St. station. For the full story see:


The stairwell you saw may have been a remnant of the Madison Park stop of the Illinois Central suburban railroad and was at about 50th and Lake Park. That stop has long been closed.

The hotel where Mary Todd Lincoln stayed at was the first Hyde Park Hotel that stood near the southeast corner of what is today 53rd and Hyde Park Boulevard. It was built by the founder of Hyde Park, Paul Cornell. The 53rd Street station of the Illinois Central was not right next to the hotel but rather about two blocks west of the hotel.


Those also could be from the old Kenwood/Stock yards branch of the EL the kenwood went eats and the stock yards brach went to the west, they branched off of the englewood/jackson park branchbut was torn down and discontuned in the early 50's.

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What are train wheels called?

Train wheels are called wheels. Many train wheels include both a wheel and a tire, which is the outer rim area that is subjected to wear.

A set of 4 wheels with 2 axles is usually moved together as an assembly called a "truck".

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What does a locomotive hear?


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What is the purpose for a caboose on a train?

The purpose of a caboose is to carry cargo to different states, countries, or cities

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What do you call train drivers?

A railroad engineer, locomotive engineer, train operator or engine driver

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What does a locomotive hear with?

its engineers!

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Why train wheels stay on track?

The top of the track is rounded, and the wheels on the train are also slightly rounded, at any one time there is only the surface area of a dime touching the rail, this along with incredible weight and the flange on the wheel keep the train on the track.

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Is a train faster than a motorcycle?

Depends on how fast each is going.

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Is metro a type of railway system in a city?


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When was the train first invented?

The first railroad trains, much like the ones we know today, ran in the 1820s; but the use of rails to ease transport dates back to the sixth century BCE. See the Wikipedia reference for more information.

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What is the person who drives a train called?

An engineer or sometimes the conductor drives the train

History of the United States
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Why were the railroads so important to the growth of the United States?

There use had the effect of increasing population along the rail lines near the years of the time of 'Reconstruction' after the US Civil war.

They were used to transport agricultural foods (grains) and live stock (cattle) back and forth across the nation.

The railroads were of vital importance in 'opening up' the vast interior of the U.S. to settlement and economic development.

Before the construction of the railroads, areas like the Great Plains and the West Coast were difficult and expensive to reach from areas like the East Coast and the South, for example.

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Type of traction motors used in Delhi metro?

In delhi metro used motor is INDUCTION MOTOR.

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How fast can the bullet train go?

Shinkansen, the original Bullet Train in Japan runs 240-300 km/h (149-186 mph) in regular service. Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph).

The fastest conventional high-speed trains are French TGVs. The current TGV speed record is 574.8 kilometres per hour (357.2 mph)

Maglev trains which float above the track by the means of powerful magnets are faster, but there are very few in service, mostly as test facilities. The world speed record was set by one in Japan at 581 kilometres per hour (361 mph). However, the tests showed issues with stability and the train was deemed not ready for passenger service.

China's Bullet Train had lines operating at 350km per hour. However, recently they lowered operating speeds to 300 km/h due to environmental and safety concerns.

It is actually Japan that is developing the new levitating bullet train. Modern japanese bullet trains go at 333 kilometers per hour and getting faster. The Chinese hold the fastest bullet train slightly over france. France goes at 480 km per hour, China's bullet train goes at 485km per hour.
in 2003, it took the world record for the fastest train with a speed of.....361miles per hour(without passengers)

with passengers, it's max ALLOWED speed is about 177mph.

it might be faster... but either way... you're gonna get to where you're going in a flash.

Shinkansen , aka The Bullet Train, is known to have speeds of up to 320 km/h. Some test trains have been recorded at 360 km/h. But due to problems of noise pollution, overhead wire wear, and braking distances it is not commercially feasible.

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Which is the quickest train from Shinjuku station to Odawara station using a JR pass?

The quickest way to get to Odawara station from Shinjuku would be to take the Romance car on the Odakyu line.

Required time
1hour 13min(Taking time 73min)
82.5 km(Transfer 0)
Total amount of money
¥1720(Fare ¥850 Charge ¥870)

If you must take only the JR line a great tool is to use the website listed as a related link.

See the Related Links for " (Tokyo Train Schedules)" to the bottom for the answer.

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What holds down the rails on railroad track?

Railroad spikes are pounded into the railroad ties and the head of the spike catches the side of the rail.

As well, the rail-tie combination is held in place by ballast, consisting of gravel, crushed stone or aggregate on a well packed road bed.


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How did railroads help settle the American west more qiuckly?

Traveling by wagon took weeks or even months. Traveling by train took days.

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What year was smoking banned on trains?


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What was a city that was both a steamboat and a railroad center?


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