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Perpetual Train  
  A vast machine that lays its own tracks as it moves forward.  

Ahead... was the perpetual train.

Judah had walked its length, skirting the crews. it was a rolling-stock town, an industrial citylet that crawled. At the end of a no-man's-land of empty rails, he saw the work. New Crobuzon reaching so far. The leviathan unfolding of metal, the greatest city in Bas-lag rolling out its new iron tongue, licking at the cities across the plains.

From Iron Council, by China Mieville.
Published by Del Rey in 2004
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