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railroad cars arranged in an order and linked together with one or more locomotives or motorized railcars equipped with lights and other identification signals.
In the USSR the order, movement, arrival and departure, and maintenance of trains are carried on according to the current rules for the technical operation of railroads. On the railroads of the Ministry of Railroads of the USSR the trains are classified by what is called train superiority. The first category is special trains, including emergency, fire-fighting, and snow-removal trains. Second are regular trains, such as passenger trains with long-distance, local, and surburban service. Third-class trains include mail-baggage, freight-passenger, freight, and maintenance trains. There are also locomotives with no cars, individual motorized railcars and motorized railcar sections, rail diesel cars, and motorized trolleys of the nonremovable type that are dispatched on spans between stations.
Trains are operated by locomotive crews of no less than two persons. Passenger trains have, in addition, conductors for the cars and, in some cases, other workers. The movement of a train within each section (averaging in length about 130–140 km) is directed by only one official— the train dispatcher on duty, who is responsible for keeping the trains on schedule and for assuring traffic safety.
Trains are marshaled for the most part at major stations intended for the purpose in compliance with a traffic chart and a marshaling plan for the train. In every category a limit has been established for the weight and length of the train in accord with the tractive power of the locomotive used and the length of the arrival-departure tracks. The weight of a passenger train in the USSR may reach 1,000–1,200 metric tons. Freight trains range from 6,000 to 10,000 metric tons.
The maximum permissible speed in the USSR for passenger trains is 160 km/hour (in some sections 200 km/hr or more); for express freight trains, 100-120 km/hr; and for ordinary freight trains, 80-100 km/hr.
A number is assigned to each train. Trains going in one direction have an even number, and those going in the opposite direction have an odd number.
K. M. DOBROSEL’SKII
What does it mean when you dream about a train?
The train as a dream symbol is often linked with the Freudian interpretation of the train (phallus) going through the tunnel (vagina), representing intercourse. Yet even Freud gave trains alternative meanings (e.g., missing a train might represent missed opportunities or even missing one’s death (rather than missing intercourse). Being the engineer on a train and traveling smoothly down the track may mean staying “on track” in one’s life. As with all such symbols, the dreamer’s prior associations with trains determines their meaning in a particular dream.