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22 Images Capturing the Magic of Trains

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25 September 2017

Posted by Leila Kozma

The very first train, the Diolkos was fabricated by the greeks circa 600 BC. The rather unrefined creation consisted men dragging larger, heftier items, such as boats, with a set of ropes. The first real transformation came about in 1804, when Richard Trevithick invented the locomotive. This was one of the key moments of the Industrial Revolution, allowing for the faster transportation of agricultural produce, materials and people. The locomotive hasn’t lost its charm in the contemporary era. It is still much beloved by train enthusiasts and history fanatics. These days, the nostalgia-fuelled can book scenic train journeys that aim to recreate the travelling experience from a bygone era. For those more inclined towards practicality, modern technology has seen the conception of a range of new-era transportation forms such as the Shanghai Maglev train that can reach up to 430km/h. Depending on what kind of journey one wishes to set out on, there’s a bounty of options to choose from. We've selected 22 images that capture the magic of trains from past and present.

A steam locomotive rolls into the rosy-pink sunset.

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Ian Duffield

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A tram leaves behind a trail of light in Blackpool.

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The interior of the Beijing South Railway Station.

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Chris Petersen-Clausen

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Overview of the Beijing South Railway Station that shows the ray shape of the building.

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Chris Petersen-Clausen

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A high-speed train waits under the curved roof of the Beijing South Railway Station.

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Chris Petersen-Clausen

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The quaint steam engine speeds past the lush foliage of the British countryside.

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Ian Duffield

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The Prairie 5619, also known as Taff Tank, makes its way alongside the Caldon Canal in Consall .

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Richard McVeigh

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A train crossing a bridge on the Yangzte River.

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A yellow train speeds past a flower plantation in the Netherlands.

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Luiz C. Ribeiro

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A futuristic train station.

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Steam locomotive LMS Jubilee Class Leander 45690 in Cumbria, United Kingdom.

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A steam locomotive catches the last glimmers of the sun.

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Aerial view of the trains waiting at Nottingham East Midlands Station.

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Ian Francis

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Yukon & White Pass Alaskan Train.

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A locomotive rushing right towards the storm.

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A bullet train passes Mount Fuji.

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The Albula-Bernina Express passes the world-famous Landwasser Viaduct.

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A Jacobite steam train on the Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland.

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A low lying cloud rides the waves of the Tranzalpine Express.

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Ed Clarke

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A red train of the Rhaetian Railway passes the snow-covered meadows in Arosa, Switzerland.

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The Shanghai Transrapid is just about to arrive at a stop.

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Chris Petersen-Clausen

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