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A third rail is a method of providing electric power to a railway locomotive or train, through a semi-continuous rigid conductor placed alongside or between the rails of a railway track. [1]

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Airport station (MBTA)

Airport station is a rapid transit station in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Alternating current

Alternating current (AC) is an electric current which periodically reverses direction, in contrast to direct current (DC) which flows only in one direction.

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Amstelveen is a municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands with a population of 89,918 (2017).

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Amstelveen Centrum tram stop

Amstelveen Centrum is a Metro Station in south Amsterdam on line 51.

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Amsterdam is the capital and most populous municipality of the Netherlands.

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Amsterdam Centraal station

Amsterdam Centraal (abbreviation: Asd) is the largest railway station of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and a major national railway hub.

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Amsterdam Metro

The Amsterdam Metro (Amsterdamse metro) is a mixed rapid transit and light rail system serving Amsterdam, Netherlands and extending to the surrounding municipalities of Amstelveen, Diemen, and Ouder-Amstel.

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Amsterdam Zuid station

Amsterdam Zuid is a railway station situated in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States and to three Canadian cities.

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Angers is a city in western France, about southwest of Paris.

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Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest of the world's oceans with a total area of about.

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Barcelona Metro

The Barcelona Metro (Catalan and Spanish: Metro de Barcelona) is an extensive network of rapid transit electrified railway lines that run mostly underground in central Barcelona and into the city's suburbs.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), is a rapid transit public transportation system serving the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

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Bedford is the county town of Bedfordshire, England.

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Berlin S-Bahn

The Berlin S-Bahn is a rapid transit railway system in and around Berlin, the capital city of Germany.

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Berlin U-Bahn

The Berlin U-Bahn (short for Untergrundbahn, "underground railway") is a rapid transit railway in Berlin, the capital city of Germany, and a major part of the city's public transport system.

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Bessbrook and Newry Tramway

The Bessbrook and Newry Tramway operated a narrow gauge, hydro-electrically powered tramway transporting passengers and freight between Bessbrook and Newry in Northern Ireland between 1885 and 1948.

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Blackpool is a seaside resort on the Lancashire coast in North West England.

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Blue Line (MBTA)

The Blue Line is a rapid transit line in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, one of four rapid transit lines operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

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Bordeaux (Gascon Occitan: Bordèu) is a port city on the Garonne in the Gironde department in Southwestern France.

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Bordeaux tramway

The Bordeaux tramway network (Tramway de Bordeaux) consists of three lines serving the city of Bordeaux in Aquitaine in southwestern France.

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Boston is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States.

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The Breitspurbahn (translation: broad-gauge railway) was a planned broad-gauge railway, proposed by Adolf Hitler during the Nazi regime in Germany, supposed to run on 3-metre gauge track with double-deck coaches between major cities of Grossdeutschland, Hitler's expanded GermanyPuffert, Douglas J. (2009).

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British Rail Class 313

The British Rail Class 313 is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit (EMU) train built by BREL York Works between February 1976 and April 1977.

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British Rail Class 319

The British Rail Class 319 is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit train capable of operating on 25 kV AC from overhead wires or 750 V DC from a third rail.

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British Rail Class 325

The British Rail Class 325 is a 4-car dual-voltage 25 kV alternating current (AC) or 750 V direct current (DC) electric multiple unit (EMU) train used for postal train services.

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British Rail Class 350

The British Rail Class 350 Desiro is a class of electric multiple-unit passenger train built by Siemens in 2004–05, 2008–09 and 2013–14.

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British Rail Class 365

The British Rail Class 365 Networker Express are dual-voltage (25 kV AC and 750 V DC) electric multiple-unit trains built by ABB York from 1994 to 1995.

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British Rail Class 373

The British Rail Class 373 or TGV TMST train is a French designed and built electric multiple unit that operate Eurostar high speed rail services from London to France and Belgium via the Channel Tunnel, part of the TGV family, it has a smaller cross-section to fit the smaller loading gauge in Britain, was originally able to operate on the UK third rail network and it has extensive fireproofing in case of fire in the tunnel.

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British Rail Class 375

The British Rail Class 375 is an electric multiple unit train that was built by Bombardier Transportation (previously Adtranz) at Derby Litchurch Lane Works, from 1999 to 2005.

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British Rail Class 377

The Class 377 Electrostar is a British electric multiple-unit train (EMU) built by Bombardier Transportation at its Derby Litchurch Lane Works, from 2001 to the present.

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British Rail Class 378

The Class 378 Capitalstar is an electric multiple unit passenger train, which was specifically designed for the London Overground network.

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British Rail Class 387

The Class 387 Electrostar is an electric multiple unit (EMU) built by Bombardier Transportation for Thameslink (now transferred to Great Northern), Gatwick Express, c2c and Great Western Railway (GWR), with the first delivered in December 2014.

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British Rail Class 395

The Class 395 Javelin is a dual-voltage electric multiple unit (EMU) built for high-speed commuter services on High Speed 1 and elsewhere on the Integrated Kent Franchise. The six-car trains were built in Japan by Hitachi and operate at a maximum speed of under 25 kV AC overhead electrification on High Speed 1, and on 750 V DC third rail supply on conventional lines. The use of the high-speed trains as part of the transport infrastructure for the Olympic Park formed part of the original bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics. The service was named the Olympic Javelin Shuttle, and was the origin for the Javelin nickname. The Olympic services began 28 July 2012.

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British Rail Class 442

The British Rail Class 442 (Wessex Electrics) are a class of electric multiple-units introduced in 1988 by Network SouthEast on the South Western Main Line from London Waterloo to Weymouth to coincide with the electrification of the line from Bournemouth.

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British Rail Class 504

The British Rail Class 504 was a unique type of electric multiple unit that ran on 1200 V DC third rail with side-contact current collection.

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British Rail Class 700

The British Rail Class 700 is an electric multiple-unit passenger train built between 2014 and 2018 for Thameslink as part of the Thameslink Programme in the United Kingdom.

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British Rail Class 73

The British Rail Class 73 is a British electro-diesel locomotive.

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British Rail Class 92

The British Rail Class 92 is a dual-voltage electric locomotive which can run on 25 kV AC from overhead wires or 750 V DC from a third rail.

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Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company

The Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT) was a public transit holding company formed in 1896 to acquire and consolidate railway lines in Brooklyn and Queens, New York City, United States.

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Carbon (from carbo "coal") is a chemical element with symbol C and atomic number 6.

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Channel Tunnel

The Channel Tunnel (Le tunnel sous la Manche; also nicknamed the Chunnel) is a rail tunnel linking Folkestone, Kent, in the United Kingdom, with Coquelles, Pas-de-Calais, near Calais in northern France, beneath the English Channel at the Strait of Dover.

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Chicago "L"

The Chicago "L" (short for "elevated") is the rapid transit system serving the city of Chicago and some of its surrounding suburbs in the U.S. state of Illinois.

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Chicago Transit Authority

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is the operator of mass transit in Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago "L" and CTA bus service.

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City and South London Railway

The City and South London Railway (C&SLR) was the first deep-level underground "tube" railway in the world, and the first major railway to use electric traction.

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City Thameslink railway station

City Thameslink is a central London railway station within the City of London, with entrances on Ludgate Hill and Holborn Viaduct.

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Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans

The Compagnie du chemin de fer de Paris à Orléans (PO) was an early French railway company.

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Conduit current collection

Conduit current collection is a system of electric current collection used by electric tramways, where the power supply was carried in a 'conduit' under the roadway.

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Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the northeastern United States.

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Copenhagen Metro

The Copenhagen Metro (Københavns Metro) is a 24/7 rapid transit system in Copenhagen, Denmark, serving the municipalities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, and Tårnby.

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Coulsdon North railway station

Coulsdon North is a closed railway station that served Coulsdon, Croydon, England, on the Brighton Main Line.

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Culoz–Modane railway

The Culoz–Modane railway (sometimes called Ligne de la Maurienne) is a long railway running from Culoz, near Chambéry, through Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Modane in France.

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Current collector

Electric current collectors are used by trolleybuses, trams, electric locomotives or EMUs to carry electrical power from overhead lines or electrical third rails to the electrical equipment of the vehicles.

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Deutsche Reichsbahn

The Deutsche Reichsbahn, also known as the German National Railway, the German State Railway, German Reich Railway, and the German Imperial Railway, was the name of the German national railway system created after the end of World War I from the regional railways of the individual states of the German Empire.

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Diesel engine

The diesel engine (also known as a compression-ignition or CI engine), named after Rudolf Diesel, is an internal combustion engine in which ignition of the fuel which is injected into the combustion chamber is caused by the elevated temperature of the air in the cylinder due to mechanical compression (adiabatic compression).

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Digital Command Control

Digital Command Control (DCC) is a standard for a system to operate model railways digitally.

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Direct current

Direct current (DC) is the unidirectional flow of electric charge.

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Docklands Light Railway

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is an automated light metro system opened in 1987 to serve the redeveloped Docklands area of East London, England.

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Drayton Park railway station

Drayton Park railway station is a National Rail station in Highbury, in the London Borough of Islington.

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Dual electrification

Dual electrification is a system whereby a railway line is supplied power both via overhead catenary and a third rail.

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Dual gauge

A dual gauge railway is a track that allows the passage of trains of two different track gauges.

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East Coast Main Line

The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a major railway link between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster, York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle; it is presently electrified along the whole route.

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Electric multiple unit

An electric multiple unit or EMU is a multiple-unit train consisting of self-propelled carriages, using electricity as the motive power.

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Electrical injury

Electrical injury is a physiological reaction caused by electric current passing through the (human) body.

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Electrical resistance and conductance

The electrical resistance of an electrical conductor is a measure of the difficulty to pass an electric current through that conductor.

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Electrical substation

A substation is a part of an electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system.

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Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion of electric charge.

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Electrocution is death or serious injury caused by electric shock, electric current passing through the body.

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The EMD DE30AC and EMD DM30AC are 46 locomotives built in 1997–1998 by Electro-Motive Division in the Super Steel Plant in Schenectady NY for the Long Island Rail Road of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York.

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Eurostar is a high-speed railway service connecting London with Amsterdam, Avignon, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris and Rotterdam.

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Farringdon station

Farringdon is a London Underground and connected main line National Rail station in Clerkenwell, in the London Borough of Islington, just outside the City of London.

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Fawkham Junction

Fawkham Junction is a railway junction that currently connects High Speed 1 with the Kent Rail Network.

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Freezing rain

Freezing rain is the name given to rain precipitation maintained at temperatures below freezing by the ambient air mass that causes freezing on contact with surfaces.

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Galvanic corrosion

Galvanic corrosion (also called bimetallic corrosion) is an electrochemical process in which one metal corrodes preferentially when it is in electrical contact with another, in the presence of an electrolyte.

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Gare d'Orsay

Gare d'Orsay is a former Paris railway station and hotel, built in 1900 to designs by Victor Laloux, Lucien Magne and Émile Bénard; it served as a terminus for the Chemin de Fer de Paris à Orléans (Paris-Orléans Railway).

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Gare Saint-Lazare

The Gare Saint-Lazare (St Lazarus Station), officially Paris-Saint-Lazare, is one of the six large terminus railway stations of Paris.

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GE Genesis

General Electric Genesis (officially trademarked GENESIS) is a series of passenger diesel locomotives produced by GE Transportation, a subsidiary of General Electric.

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Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf

The Gemeentelijk Vervoerbedrijf (GVB; English: Municipal Transport Company) is the municipal public transport operator for Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, operating metro, tram, bus and ferry services in the Amsterdam metropolitan area since 2012.

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General Electric

General Electric Company (GE) is an American multinational conglomerate incorporated in New York and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Giant's Causeway Tramway

The Giant's Causeway Tramway, operated by the Giant's Causeway, Portrush and Bush Valley Railway & Tramway Company Ltd, was a pioneering narrow gauge electric railway operating between Portrush and the Giant's Causeway on the coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Gondola (rail)

In US railroad terminology, a gondola is an open-topped rail vehicle used for transporting loose bulk materials.

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal (GCT; also referred to as Grand Central Station or simply as Grand Central) is a commuter and intercity railroad terminal at 42nd Street and Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, United States.

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Granville Woods

Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an American inventor who held more than 50 patents.

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Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin

The Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin 1896 (German Große Berliner Gewerbeausstellung 1896) was a large exposition that has also been dubbed "the impeded world fair" (in German "Die verhinderte Weltausstellung").

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Gross-Lichterfelde Tramway

The Gross Lichterfelde Tramway was the world's first electric tramway.

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Ground-level power supply

Ground-level power supply, also known as surface current collection and Alimentation par le Sol (APS, which literally means feeding via the ground), is a modern method of third-rail electrical pick-up for street trams instead of more common overhead lines, thus it is one of the methods that could allow construction of catenary-free light rail system.

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Guangzhou Metro

Guangzhou Metro is the metro system of the city of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province of China.

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Guide bar

The rubber-tyred metro systems that incorporate track have angle irons as guide bars, or guiding bars, along the roll ways.

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Hamburg S-Bahn

The Hamburg S-Bahn is rapid mass transit railway network in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

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Hamburg U-Bahn

The Hamburg U-Bahn is a rapid transit system serving the cities of Hamburg, Norderstedt and Ahrensburg in Germany.

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Hawker Siddeley

Hawker Siddeley was a group of British manufacturing companies engaged in aircraft production.

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High Speed 1

High Speed 1 (HS1), legally the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), is a high-speed railway between London and the United Kingdom end of the Channel Tunnel.

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High-speed rail

High-speed rail is a type of rail transport that operates significantly faster than traditional rail traffic, using an integrated system of specialized rolling stock and dedicated tracks.

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Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley comprises the valley of the Hudson River and its adjacent communities in the U.S. state of New York, from the cities of Albany and Troy southward to Yonkers in Westchester County.

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India (IAST), also called the Republic of India (IAST), is a country in South Asia.

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The interurban (or radial railway) is a type of electric railway, with streetcar-like light electric self-propelled railcars which run within and between cities or towns.

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Invalides (Paris Métro and RER)

Invalides is a Metro & RER station on lines 8 and 13 of the Paris Métro and on RER line C in the 7th arrondissement, located near and named after les Invalides.

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Japan (日本; Nippon or Nihon; formally 日本国 or Nihon-koku, lit. "State of Japan") is a sovereign island country in East Asia.

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Joule heating

Joule heating, also known as Ohmic heating and resistive heating, is the process by which the passage of an electric current through a conductor produces heat.

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Jumper cable

Jumper cables are electric cables to connect two rail or road vehicles.

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Kensington (Olympia) station

Kensington (Olympia) is a combined rail and tube station between Kensington and West Kensington on the boundary of west and central London.

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Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) was a major British railway company before the 1923 Grouping.

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Level crossing

A level crossing is an intersection where a railway line crosses a road or path at the same level, as opposed to the railway line crossing over or under using a bridge or tunnel.

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Light rail

Light rail, light rail transit (LRT), or fast tram is a form of urban rail transport using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, and often on an exclusive right-of-way.

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Lightning is a sudden electrostatic discharge that occurs typically during a thunderstorm.

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Ligne de Cerdagne

The Ligne de Cerdagne, usually referred to as the Train Jaune (Yellow Train, Tren Groc), is a gauge railway that runs from Villefranche-de-Conflent to Latour-de-Carol-Enveitg in the French Pyrenees.

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Line 3 (Shenzhen Metro)

Line 3 of the Shenzhen Metro as the runs northeastward from to.

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Line 4 (Guangzhou Metro)

Line 4 of the Guangzhou Metro is a south-north line on the system that runs between and stations, spanning a total of 43.7 km with 16 stations.

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Line 5 (Guangzhou Metro)

Line 5 of the Guangzhou Metro runs from Liwan District to Huangpu District.

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Linear motor

A linear motor is an electric motor that has had its stator and rotor "unrolled" so that instead of producing a torque (rotation) it produces a linear force along its length.

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Lionel Corporation

Lionel Corporation was an American toy manufacturer and retailer that was in business from 1900 to 1995.

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List of rail transport systems using third rail

Third rail railways predominantly operate in urban contexts.

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List of railway electrification systems

This is a list of the power supply systems that are, or have been, used for tramway and railway electrification systems.

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List of suburban and commuter rail systems

This is an alphabetical listing of cities and countries that have '''commuter''' or '''suburban''' railways that are currently operational and in service.

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Liverpool Overhead Railway

The Liverpool Overhead Railway (known locally as the Dockers' Umbrella) was an overhead railway in Liverpool which operated along the Liverpool Docks and opened in 1893 with lightweight electric multiple units.

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London Underground

The London Underground (also known simply as the Underground, or by its nickname the Tube) is a public rapid transit system serving London and some parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.

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London Waterloo station

Waterloo station, also known as London Waterloo, is a central London terminus on the National Rail network in the United Kingdom, located in the Waterloo area of the London Borough of Lambeth.

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London, Brighton and South Coast Railway

The London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR; known also as "the Brighton line", "the Brighton Railway" or the Brighton) was a railway company in the United Kingdom from 1846 to 1922.

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Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road, legally known as the Long Island Rail Road Company and often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of New York, stretching from Manhattan to the eastern tip of Suffolk County on Long Island.

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Manchester Metrolink

Metrolink (also known as Manchester Metrolink) is a tram/light rail system in Greater Manchester, England.

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Market–Frankford Line

The Market–Frankford Line (MFL) (also called the Market–Frankford Subway–Elevated Line (MFSE), the Market-Frankford El (MFE), the El, or the Blue Line) is a rapid transit line in Philadelphia, operated by SEPTA.

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Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (abbreviated MBTA and known colloquially as "the T") is the public agency responsible for operating most public transportation services in Greater Boston, Massachusetts.

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Metro-North Railroad

The Metro-North Commuter Railroad, trading as MTA Metro-North Railroad or simply Metro-North, is a suburban commuter rail service run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), a public authority of the U.S. state of New York.

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Metropolitan Railway

The Metropolitan Railway (also known as the Met) was a passenger and goods railway that served London from 1863 to 1933, its main line heading north-west from the capital's financial heart in the City to what were to become the Middlesex suburbs.

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Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad

The Metropolitan West Side Elevated Railroad (known as the Met or Polly "L") was the third elevated rapid transit line to be built in Chicago, Illinois and was the first of Chicago’s elevated lines to be electrically powered.

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Mexico City Metro

The Mexico City Metro (Metro de la Ciudad de México), officially called Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, often shortened to STC, is a metro system that serves the metropolitan area of Mexico City, including some municipalities in Mexico State.

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Milan Metro

The Milan Metro (Metropolitana di Milano) is the rapid transit system serving Milan, Italy, operated by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi.

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Montreal Metro

The Montreal Metro (Métro de Montréal) is a rubber-tired, underground rapid transit system and the main form of public transport in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Moorgate station

Moorgate is a central London railway terminus and connected London Underground station on Moorgate in the City of London.

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Moscow Metro

The Moscow Metro (p) is a rapid transit system serving Moscow, Russia and the neighbouring Moscow Oblast cities of Krasnogorsk, Reutov, Lyubertsy and Kotelniki.

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A motorman is a person who operates a tram (streetcar), electrified tram (trolley) car, light rail, or rapid transit train.

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Namma Metro

Namma Metro, also known as Bangalore Metro is a metro system serving the city of Bangalore, India.

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Nazi Germany

Nazi Germany is the common English name for the period in German history from 1933 to 1945, when Germany was under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler through the Nazi Party (NSDAP).

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New Haven Line

Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line runs from New Haven, Connecticut, southwest to Mount Vernon, New York.

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New York Central Railroad

The New York Central Railroad was a railroad operating in the Northeastern United States.

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New York City

The City of New York, often called New York City (NYC) or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States.

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New York metropolitan area

The New York metropolitan area, also referred to as the Tri-State Area, is the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass, at 4,495 mi2 (11,642 km2).

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New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad

The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, commonly known as the New Haven, was a railroad that operated in northeastern United States from 1872 to 1968, dominating the region's rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century.

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North Downs Line

The North Downs Line is a passenger-train line connecting Reading, on the Great Western Main Line, to Redhill and, along the Brighton Main Line, linking many centres of population in that part of the North Downs which it traverses en route.

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North London line

The North London line is a railway line of the London Overground, which passes through the inner suburbs of north London, England.

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North Pole depot

North Pole Train Maintenance Centre is a train maintenance site in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, West London partially redeveloped by Hitachi Rail Europe from 2013 as a maintenance site for Intercity Express Programme trains or Intercity Express Trains.

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Northern line

The Northern line is a London Underground line that runs from south-west to north-west London, with two branches through central London and three in the north.

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Online Electric Vehicle

The Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) is an electric vehicle that charges wirelessly while moving using electromagnetic induction (the wireless transfer of power through magnetic fields).

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Orange Line (MBTA)

The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.

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OS T1000

T1000 and T1300 were two rapid transit train classes used on Oslo Metro in Oslo, Norway.

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OS T2000

T2000 was an electric train formerly used on the Oslo Metro of Oslo, Norway.

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Oslo Metro

The Oslo Metro (Oslo T-bane or Oslo Tunnelbane or simply T-banen.) is the rapid transit system of Oslo, Norway, operated by Sporveien T-banen on contract from the transit authority Ruter.

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Otto Wagner

Otto Koloman Wagner (13 July 1841 – 11 April 1918) was an Austrian architect and urban planner, known for his lasting impact on the appearance of his home town Vienna, to which he contributed many landmarks.

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Overhead line

An overhead line or overhead wire is used to transmit electrical energy to trams, trolleybuses or trains.

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Pantograph (transport)

A pantograph (or "pan") is an apparatus mounted on the roof of an electric train, tram or electric bus to collect power through contact with an overhead line.

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Paris is the capital and most populous city of France, with an area of and a population of 2,206,488.

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Paris Métro

The Paris Métro, short for Métropolitain (Métro de Paris), is a rapid transit system in the Paris metropolitan area.

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Pelham, New York

Pelham is a suburban town in Westchester County, New York, approximately 14 miles northeast of Midtown Manhattan.

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Pennsylvania Station (New York City)

Pennsylvania Station, also known as New York Penn Station or Penn Station, is the main intercity railroad station in New York City.

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People mover

A people mover or automated people mover (APM) is a type of small scale automated guideway transit system.

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Philadelphia is the largest city in the U.S. state and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the sixth-most populous U.S. city, with a 2017 census-estimated population of 1,580,863.

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Platform screen doors

Platform screen doors (PSDs) and platform edge doors (PEDs) at train or subway stations separate the platform from the train.

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Post-Soviet states

The post-Soviet states, also collectively known as the former Soviet Union (FSU) or former Soviet Republics, are the states that emerged and re-emerged from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in its breakup in 1991, with Russia internationally recognised as the successor state to the Soviet Union after the Cold War.

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Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol (IUPAC name: propane-1,2-diol) is a synthetic organic compound with the chemical formula C3H8O2.

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Public transport

Public transport (also known as public transportation, public transit, or mass transit) is transport of passengers by group travel systems available for use by the general public, typically managed on a schedule, operated on established routes, and that charge a posted fee for each trip.

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The Pyrenees (Pirineos, Pyrénées, Pirineus, Pirineus, Pirenèus, Pirinioak) is a range of mountains in southwest Europe that forms a natural border between Spain and France.

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A quarry is a place from which dimension stone, rock, construction aggregate, riprap, sand, gravel, or slate has been excavated from the ground.

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Rail transport modelling

Railway modelling (UK, Australia and Ireland) or model railroading (US and Canada) is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modelled at a reduced scale.

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Railroad tie

A railroad tie/railway tie/crosstie (North America) or railway sleeper (Britain, Ireland, South Asia, Australasia, and Africa) is a rectangular support for the rails in railroad tracks.

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Railway electrification in Great Britain

Railway electrification in Great Britain began during the late 19th century.

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Railway electrification system

A railway electrification system supplies electric power to railway trains and trams without an on-board prime mover or local fuel supply.

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RandstadRail (RR) is the official name of a public transportation rapid transit network in the southern part of the Rotterdam The Hague Metropolitan Area in the west of the Netherlands, connecting The Hague, Zoetermeer and Rotterdam.

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Rapid transit

Rapid transit or mass rapid transit, also known as heavy rail, metro, MRT, subway, tube, U-Bahn or underground, is a type of high-capacity public transport generally found in urban areas.

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Regional Eurostar

Regional Eurostar was the name given to plans to operate Eurostar train services from Paris and Brussels to locations in the United Kingdom beyond London.

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Reims (also spelled Rheims), a city in the Grand Est region of France, lies east-northeast of Paris.

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Richmond station (London)

Richmond, also known as Richmond (London), is a National Rail station in Richmond, Greater London on the Waterloo to Reading and North London Lines.

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Rotterdam Metro

The Rotterdam Metro (Rotterdamse metro) is a rapid transit system operated in Rotterdam, Netherlands and surrounding municipalities by RET.

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Rubber-tyred metro

A rubber-tyred metro, also spelled rubber-tired metro, is a form of rapid transit system that uses a mix of road and rail technology.

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Saint-Gervais–Vallorcine railway

The Saint-Gervais-Vallorcine Line is a single-track long metre gauge railway in France connecting SNCF's Saint-Gervais-Le Fayet station with Vallorcine and the border with Switzerland (Le Châtelard) through Chamonix.

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San Francisco

San Francisco (initials SF;, Spanish for 'Saint Francis'), officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California.

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Santiago Metro

The Santiago Metro (Metro de Santiago) is the underground railway network serving the city of Santiago, Chile.

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Sapporo Municipal Subway

The is a mostly-underground rubber-tyred metro system in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

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The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is a regional public transportation authority that operates bus, subway / elevated rail line, commuter and light rail line, and electric trolleybus services to nearly 4 million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Shepherd's Bush railway station

Shepherd's Bush station is a railway station located in the district of Shepherd's Bush in Greater London, England, UK.

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Siemens AG is a German conglomerate company headquartered in Berlin and Munich and the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe with branch offices abroad.

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Skin effect

Skin effect is the tendency of an alternating electric current (AC) to become distributed within a conductor such that the current density is largest near the surface of the conductor, and decreases with greater depths in the conductor.

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The Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF, "French National Railway Company") is France's national state-owned railway company.

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South Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (대한민국; Hanja: 大韓民國; Daehan Minguk,; lit. "The Great Country of the Han People"), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and lying east to the Asian mainland.

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Southeastern (train operating company)

London & South Eastern Railway Limited, trading as Southeastern, is a British train operating company owned by the Anglo-French joint venture Govia that provides rail services in South East England.

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Southern Railway (UK)

The Southern Railway (SR), sometimes shortened to 'Southern', was a British railway company established in the 1923 Grouping.

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Spain (España), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Reino de España), is a sovereign state mostly located on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe.

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St Pancras railway station

St Pancras railway station, also known as London St Pancras and officially since 2007 as St Pancras International, is a central London railway terminus located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden.

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Stockholm metro

The Stockholm metro (Stockholms tunnelbana, literally: Stockholm's Tunnel Rail) is a metro system in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Stratford station

Stratford is a major multi-level interchange station serving the district of Stratford and the mixed-use development known as Stratford City, in the London Borough of Newham, east London.

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Structure gauge

The structure gauge, also called the minimum clearance outline, is the minimum height and width of tunnels and bridges as well as the minimum height and width of the doors that allow a rail siding access into a warehouse.

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Stud contact system

The stud contact system is a once-obsolete ground-level power supply system for electric trams.

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Supreme Court of Illinois

The Supreme Court of Illinois is the state supreme court, the highest court of the state of Illinois.

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Surface mining

Surface mining, including strip mining, open-pit mining and mountaintop removal mining, is a broad category of mining in which soil and rock overlying the mineral deposit (the overburden) are removed, in contrast to underground mining, in which the overlying rock is left in place, and the mineral is removed through shafts or tunnels.

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Taipei Metro

Taipei MRT (mass rapid transit), branded as Taipei Metro, is a rapid transit system serving greater Taipei, Taiwan.

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Temple Mills

Temple Mills is a northerly part of Stratford, south of Leyton, located on the boundary of the London borough of Newham and Waltham Forest in east London Temple Mills was home to a marshalling yard and wagon works belonging to the Great Eastern Railway.

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Thameslink is a 24 hour, 115-station main-line route in the British railway system running from,, and via central London to Sutton,, and.

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Thermal expansion

Thermal expansion is the tendency of matter to change in shape, area, and volume in response to a change in temperature.

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Third rail (model railroading)

The use of a third rail in rail transport modelling is a technique that is sometimes applied in order to facilitate easier wiring.

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Thomas Edison

Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.

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A thunderstorm, also known as an electrical storm, lightning storm, or thundershower, is a storm characterized by the presence of lightning and its acoustic effect on the Earth's atmosphere, known as thunder.

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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.

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Traction substation

A traction substation, traction current converter plant or traction power substation (TPSS) is an electrical substation that converts electric power from the form provided by the electrical power industry for public utility service to an appropriate voltage, current type and frequency to supply railways, trams (streetcars) or trolleybuses with traction current.

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A tram (also tramcar; and in North America streetcar, trolley or trolley car) is a rail vehicle which runs on tramway tracks along public urban streets, and also sometimes on a segregated right of way.

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Tramlink is a light rail tram system serving Croydon and surrounding areas in South London, England.

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Trams in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Tram (Amsterdamse tram) is a tram network in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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Tramway (industrial)

Tramways (not to be confused with a system of passenger carrying trams) are lightly laid railways, sometimes worked without locomotives.

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Trolley pole

A trolley pole is a tapered cylindrical pole of wood or metal, used to transfer electricity from a "live" overhead wire to the control and the electric traction motors of a tram or trolley bus.

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Tyne and Wear Metro

The Tyne and Wear Metro, referred to locally as simply The Metro, is a rapid transit and light rail system in North East England, serving Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland in the Tyne and Wear region.

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Tyneside Electrics

The Tyneside Electrics were the suburban railways on Tyneside that the North Eastern Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway electrified using the third rail system.

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Ungerer Tramway

The Ungerer Tramway was the first electrical tramway in Munich.

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Valhalla train crash

On the evening of February 3, 2015, a commuter train on Metro-North Railroad's Harlem Line struck a passenger car at a grade crossing near Valhalla, New York, United States, between the Valhalla and Mount Pleasant stations, killing six people and injuring 15 others, seven very seriously.

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Vienna U-Bahn

The Vienna U-Bahn (U-Bahn Wien), where U-Bahn is an abbreviation of the German term Untergrundbahn (underground railway), is one of the two rapid transit (metro) systems for Vienna, Austria.

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Visual pollution

Visual pollution is an aesthetic issue and refers to the impacts of pollution that impair one's ability to enjoy a vista or view.

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Volk's Electric Railway

Volk's Electric Railway (VER) is a narrow gauge heritage railway that runs along a length of the seafront of the English seaside resort of Brighton.

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The volt (symbol: V) is the derived unit for electric potential, electric potential difference (voltage), and electromotive force.

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Voltage drop

Voltage drop describes how the energy supplied by a voltage source is reduced as electric current moves through the passive elements (elements that do not supply voltage) of an electrical circuit.

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Voltage spike

In electrical engineering, spikes are fast, short duration electrical transients in voltage (voltage spikes), current (current spikes), or transferred energy (energy spikes) in an electrical circuit.

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Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington or D.C., is the capital of the United States of America.

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West London line

The West London line is a short railway in inner West London that links in the south to Willesden Junction in the north.

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Wiener Stadtbahn

The Wiener Stadtbahn (German for "Vienna Metropolitan Railway") was a public transportation system operated under this name from 1898 to 1989.

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Willesden Junction station

Willesden Junction is a National Rail station in Harlesden, north-west London, UK. It is served by both London Overground and London Underground services.

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Wonderland station

Wonderland station is a transit station in Revere, Massachusetts.

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Wuhan Metro

The Wuhan Metro is a metro system serving the city of Wuhan, Hubei, China, operated by the Wuhan Metro Co., Ltd.

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Yellow Line (CTA)

The Yellow Line, alternatively known as the Skokie Swift, is part of the Chicago Transit Authority's "L" system in Chicago, Illinois.

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25 kV AC railway electrification

25 kV alternating current electrification is commonly used in railway electrification systems worldwide, especially for high-speed rail.

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