Difference Between Rail and Train

Rail vs Train

Majority of people from around the world travel on trains frequently for one or the other purpose, though some prefer to travel on other modes of transport such as bus or airplanes. Airplanes are better when one has to cover long distances to reach destination in time, while bus ride is always better to cover short distances. It is train that is preferred by people when they need to cover medium distances as it is safe, fast, and efficient mode of travel. There is another word that confuses many, and the word is rail. What is that you think of when the word is repeated in front of you? It is most probably a train. And what if someone asks you the difference between train and rail? Isn’t this question is very puzzling? This article clarifies the difference between rail and train for all those who carry doubts in their minds.


When the word railways is spoken, it refers to not just the trains that are a series of interconnected coaches hauled forward by electric engines but also the long tracks on which these trains move. It is these tracks that are referred to as rails, and this is why there are railways (organizations or corporations) in every country that manages not just the trains, but also the rails on which those trains run at a fast speed to serve people and also as a mode of transport for cargo from one place to another. There is actually not one but two rails made of iron that run alongside each other (parallel to each other) in traditional railways. However, there is also monorail and even trains that run on magnetic levitation known as Maglev. Maglev are trains that run above the rails that are created placing magnets in them.


Train is the word that refers to locomotives that haul coaches attached behind the engine. Trains run on especially laid tracks known as rails, and thus, are able to run at high speeds safely without any interruption, which is frequently encountered in the case of buses that run on roads in cities and have to apply brakes every now and then, causing inconvenience to people sitting inside. But, there is no such problem with trains as they face no traffic and run smoothly carrying hundreds of passengers over long distances. Trains have come a long way from the time when they were hauled by steam engines and today electricity is the force behind trains that run much faster than steam engines.

What is the difference between Rail and Train?

• Train is the locomotive with an engine in front and coaches attached behind. On the other hand, rail is the track made of steel laid especially for the trains

• Rails are the tracks that run parallel to each other providing a safe route to trains that run with their wheels placed on these rails

• Though traditionally, there are two rails running parallel to each other, today there are monorails and Maglev trains as well.

  • relentlesslycaring

    I always cringe when I hear the term train station. The term railroad station just makes more sense.
    I suppose this is progress….or is it?