Entries from November 2006

Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 2:54 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Newark Slough Swing Bridge

Cris Benton uses kite aerial photography to take pictures of many things from an interesting angle, including several abandoned railway bridges — like this swing bridge over Newark Slough in California. Photo by KAP Cris.

Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 2:46 pm

Amtrak Should Lose Northeast Corridor: Report

The Northeast Corridor — the largely Amtrak-owned stretch of track from Boston to New York to Philadelphia to Washington, DC that also sees heavy use by commuter rail services — is too crucial an asset to be left in Amtrak’s hands. That, at least, is my impression of the conclusions of the Northeast Corridor Action […]

Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train gets under way this week, and the announcement of that fact has generated all sorts of media attention, as you might expect. Canadian Press has a long piece (mirror), and the cross-Canada version is getting local coverage, too (for example, Cochrane and Edmonton, Alberta). It’ll pass through three communities in my […]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 8:27 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Thalys

A Thalys — essentially a TGV for Belgium and the Netherlands — passes at speed. Photo by Patricks Pics.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 8:26 pm

Prototype vs. Freelance

In model railroading, there is a continuum between prototypical modelling — modelling a specific railroad, its locomotives, rolling stock, stations, operations and locales — at one extreme, and freelance modelling — a make-believe railroad that exists only in the imagination of the layout owner — on the other. Now, freelancing doesn’t necessarily mean that anything […]

Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at 9:29 am

WiFi Available on VIA’s Corridor Trains

VIA Rail has announced that its wireless Internet service is available on most trains and stations in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, in all classes. It’s not free, though; there are per-minute, daily and monthly billing options. Internet access on its long-distance trains is made problematic by the fact that the trains — the Canadian and […]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 2:45 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Beijing Train Station

Photo by glhk.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 2:06 pm

Working on the Railroad

Want to work for the railroad? The Associated Press reports that, thanks to industry growth and boomers retiring, the railroads are on a hiring spree. The pay is good — $40,000 in the first year, for a job that doesn’t require anything beyond a high school diploma; more for an engineer with a few years’ […]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 2:00 pm

Texas State Railroad Update

To follow up on yesterday’s report that the Texas State Railroad would shut down its trains at the end of the year for lack of funds, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the Texas House announced that Texas Parks and Wildlife would have sufficient funds to run the train through August of next year: Daily […]

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 8:33 am

Video: Iron Ponies

Iron Ponies is an 11½-minute film released in 1952 by Lionel. It’s your standard promotional short film from the 1950s, but it’s an interesting look at what was then the state of the art in toy (as opposed to model) trains. Via OGaugeWatch.com.