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Alexey Druzhinin

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Simple and efficient, rail travel nonetheless inspires a sense of romance. By train, subway, and a seemingly endless variety of trams, trolleys, and coal shaft cars, we've moved on rails for hundreds of years. Industry too relies on the billions of tons of freight moved annually by rolling stock. Gathered here are images of rails in our lives, the third post in an occasional series on transport, following Automobiles and Pedal power. -- Lane Turner (47 photos total)
An employee adjusts a CRH380B high-speed Harmony bullet train as it stops for an examination during a test run at a bullet train exam and repair center in Shenyang, China on October 23, 2012. (Stringer/Reuters)     

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Victoria Mitchell of VIC clears the water steeple during the Womens 3000 Metre Steeple Open during day two of the Australian Athletics Championships at Lakeside Stadium on April 14, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. North Korean people hold up plastic flowers during an unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Jong-Il and Kim Il-Sung [...]

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FRIDAY PRAYER: A man prayed at the Baitul Futuh Mosque in London Friday. According to the mosque, it is the largest such structure in western Europe. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

WRESTLING WIN: Cedar Falls High School’s Cassy Herkelman, bottom, wrestled with Matt Victor in a quarterfinal match in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday. Cassy became the first girl to win a state-tournament match when her opponent refused to compete against her for religious reasons Thursday. (Steve Pope/Associated Press)

GETTING A LIFT: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited the Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, Friday. (Alexey Druzhinin/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

PASSING THROUGH: A man rode a moped Friday past where traditional houses in Shanghai were demolished to build a new apartment complex. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press)

JUST CHECKING: Residents checked for their names on a voter-registration list in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday. Voters in oil-rich Nigeria are finding it difficult to verify that they are on the registration list before the country’s crucial April elections. (Sunday Alamba/Associated Press)

FIELD OF YELLOW: A man worked at a mustard farm on the outskirts of New Delhi Friday. India is a major producer of mustard, which is cultivated in the states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. (Harish Tyagi/European Pressphoto Agency)

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