regional rail which usually provides a rail service between a central business district and suburbs or other locations that draw large numbers of people on a daily basis ----- Nahverkehrszug, Pendlerzug
a train that carries passengers ----- Personenzug
a high-speed passenger train ----- Hochgeschwindigkeitszug
a train that transports passengers and their automobiles ----- Autoreisezug
a military train built to transport wounded troops to a hospital ----- Lazarettzug
a train that is planned to reach or leave a port at the right time for passengers who are leaving or arriving on a ship ----- Zug mit Anschluss an die Fähre
a train that carries mail ----- Postzug
an entertainment for adults and children, in which you travel in a vehicle through a set of exciting and frightening experiences ----- Geisterbahn
train powered by steam ----- Dampfzug
a toy train, together with the equipment, toy houses, etc. that go with it ----- Wagengruppe
freight train, train that carries goods ----- Güterzug
terminal where trains load or unload passengers or goods ----- Bahnhof
station where transport vehicles load or unload passengers or goods ----- Zugdepot
a railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard, train master ----- Zugbegleiter
driver of a train ----- Zugführer
train accident ----- Zugunglück
a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks ----- Lokomotive
a railway car where passengers' bags are carried ----- Gepäckwagen
a compartment on a European passenger train; contains 4 to 6 berths for sleeping ----- Liegewagen
a town or station at which a train stops only if signalled, way station, flag stop ----- Zwischenstation
a vehicle on a railroad or railway that is not a locomotive ----- Eisenbahnwaggon
a transit system running on a single-rail guide way ----- Magnetbahn, Einschienenbahn
type of self-contained cable railway in which cables attached to a tram-like vehicle on rails move it up and down a very steep slope ----- Drahtseilbahn
cog railway - a railway with a special toothed rack rail or rack mounted on the railroad ties between the running rails. The trains are fitted with one or more cog wheels that mesh with this rack rail. This allows the trains to operate on steeply inclined slopes. ----- Zahnradbahn
SMALL TALK / Talking about Trains
Trains have played an important role in our society for several decades. Although more modern alternative modes of transport might frequently be favored to traveling by train, the use of trains and the train industry in general is still favored in several instances and are far from becoming a ghost train of the past.
As children many of us remember spending hours playing with and constructing model train sets, with extra figures such as the train driver, trainmen, building different train stations and using different imitation railway locomotives. However railways and trains still play an integral role to industry and commerce, and are not just toys of the past.
Trains are used for very specific tasks where other methods of transportation aren’t as effective in completing the task. Monorails are frequently used to transport people over a long distance within the confines of one and the same private property, for example, between terminals in an airport, where the distance with heavy luggage would be too long to walk. For steeply inclined slopes and mountainous regions, the use of cog and funicular railways provides one of the safest ways to transport goods and people to remote, inaccessible places. Goods transported over the continent are still often done so using goods trains, which provide the versatility of being able to transport mass amounts of goods, as well as carry passengers in railroad cars and couchettes (for the longer distance travelers), as well as transport their baggage in a baggage car, all in one train. The train dispatcher also has the benefit that different parts and cargo can be delivered and exchanged throughout a journey at different train depots. Trains are also used by the military to provide medical care on the move in so-called hospital trains.
With regards to commerce, there are still a wide range of commuter trains and passenger trains that enable people to commute to work every day. Such trains as the bullet train offer a high-speed alternative to flying, where the more accident conscientious passenger is less plagued by the thought of a train crash than by an airplane crash. Boat trains also offer good connection possibilities for those on a tight schedule and car trains for those who need to transport their car at a somewhat faster pace. Mail trains are still widely used between cities and countries on the same continent.
On a more relaxed note, many still enjoy the whistle stop adventure of traveling by steam train, hearing the train horn blow as it pulls away from the station and enjoying the luxurious splendor of such journeys as the Orient Express offers.