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Rail Basics

Info, KRM

With all this talk about rail in the paper, news and talk radio I thought it was a good idea to identify the basic differences in rail.


Commuter rail stops frequently, connecting several cities that are in a region.  Diesel locomotives or self-propelled vehicles pull two to several passenger coaches on a right-of-way that is shared with freight rail.  Passengers board from platforms, usually at stations.


High-speed rail makes infrequent stops and connects large metropolitan cities across the country or a large region.  Diesel locomotives pull passenger coaches on a right-of-way that can be shared with freight trains.  In many cases, luggage storage, food service and sleeping facilities are available.  Passengers board at stations from platforms.


Light rail makes very frequent stops and connects neighborhoods and immediate suburbs to a densely populated central city.  Light rail generally runs on rails in streets or in a right of way, and is powered by overhead electrical wires.  Passengers board light rail from the curb.


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