Entries from November 2006

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 9:16 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: The Durbin Rocket Climax

I should really do a post on geared steam engines. In the meantime, have a look at this Climax logging engine. Photo by cjphotohound.

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 3:03 pm

GNER Franchise Cancelled

In the wake of GNER‘s filing for bankruptcy last month, the British government has agreed to tear up the £1.3-billion franchise agreement under which GNER operated trains from London to Edinburgh and in northeastern England. GNER, which admits overbidding for the franchise, will continue to operate trains in the meantime — for up to two […]

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Texas State Railroad in Trouble

The Texas State Railroad, which runs tourist trains between Rusk and Palestine, will shut down at the end of the year unless the state provides emergency funds: Associated Press (mirror), Dallas Morning News, Lufkin Daily News. The underfunded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, which has preserved the line as a state park since 1976, has […]

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 8:40 am

Schenectady Model Railroad Club Closing

Capital News 9 of Albany, New York reports that the Schenectady Model Railroad Club is closing its doors at the end of the year due to financial constraints. Its president, Bob Reid, told the station that their cash flow had been hurt by the decline in interest in the hobby. Video here.

Monday, November 27, 2006 at 8:28 am

BNSF’s Citizens for Rail Security

Railfans might be seen as a nuisance by some, but until September 11 they were probably seen as harmless. Since then, though, they’ve complained about being harassed by overzealous security officers who think that a train nut along a rail line taking photographs is kind of suspicious. Railfans have countered that, far from being a […]

Friday, November 24, 2006 at 10:13 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Gare du Nord

A striking, black-and-white photo of Paris’s Gare du Nord at night. The Gare du Nord is one of six train stations serving the city, and is the terminus for trains heading to northern France, the UK (Eurostar), Belgium and the Netherlands (Thalys). Photo by Yann G.

Friday, November 24, 2006 at 9:33 pm

Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland

I first heard about Minatur Wunderland in an all-too-brief article in the February 2004 issue of Model Railroader. The pictures and the description astounded me: a huge layout open to the public, with hundreds of trains running on thousands of metres of tracks. But not just trains: even the automobiles were automated, running on special […]

Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 6:56 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Lokomotywownia

An engine house in Częstochowa, Poland. Photo by fife.devil.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 6:54 pm

El Dorado Western Railway

The El Dorado Western Railway blog chronicles the work of the El Dorado Western Railway Foundation to rebuild and restore a Shay geared locomotive to operating status, among other things. Blogs are just the thing for preservationist groups: they allow you to keep everyone up to date on works in progress.

Thursday, November 23, 2006 at 6:43 pm

Railway Roundabout

Railway Roundabout is an interesting blog: its main focus is on Japanese rail service (including city rail, maglev and freight; lots of stuff about Japanese passenger service), but with plenty of digressions into British railway history. It also makes use of another synonym for trainspotter, railfan, or FRN: “gricer” — which, according to the Urban […]