Entries from December 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Evening Loading

A pretty shot of a train loading at a grain terminal in Kingfisher, Oklahoma after sunset. Long exposure. Photo by marvin908.

Friday, December 22, 2006 at 6:13 pm

The Night Before Christmas (Model Railroading Version, Annotated)

My father forwarded me the following bit of doggerel adapted to classic verse. Author unknown, but presumably forwarded by e-mail ad infinitum for a while. For the uninitiated, I’ve added links and annotations where appropriate: Twas the night before Christmas, and all through my pike,1 Not a steamer was stirring, not even a Mike.2 My […]

Friday, December 22, 2006 at 8:44 am

Platzkart: Russian Third Class

“Traveling by train in Russia is usually a very rewarding experience,” writes Gadling’s Neil Woodburn, who knows whereof he speaks, “unless you happen to be traveling third class.” And he links to a harrowing tale of a 17-hour platzkart journey from Izhevsk to Moscow, an unpleasant, crowded, smelly ordeal during which the author was suffering […]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:58 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Nanzhan Dirt Tip

Beautiful shot from a coal mine in Inner Mongolia, China. (See also this neat shot of a steamer hauling coal in empties Heilongjiang Province by the same photographer.) Photo by tarboat.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 6:54 pm

Video: Challenger at Dunsmuir

A Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger — presumably UP #3985 — at Dunsmuir, California in September, 2005: Note the two auxiliary water tenders and the two large diesels running backup, including the Western Pacific heritage unit.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 4:36 pm

Kummant Fires Amtrak Execs

Amtrak’s new president and CEO, Alexander Kummant, announced a major change to the corporation’s management Monday, firing four top officials (including the CFO, police chief, marketing VP and communications head) and transferring a fifth, the Associated Press reports (Houston Chronicle, Boston Globe). Last Friday the New York Times reported the firings in advance of the […]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 3:59 pm

Arizona Railway Museum

The Arizona Republic reports on how the Arizona Railway Museum‘s new location at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona, is slowly taking shape. At the moment it’s surrounded by alfalfa fields, and it will take a year or two before such amenities as a paved driveway or an adjoining building come to fruition. But in the […]

Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 3:50 pm

Toy Train Proposal Falls on Deaf Ears

Steven Brenneisen, a manufacturer of track for Lionel trains, wants to buy a 107-year-old railroad storehouse in Packerton, Pennsylvania, renovate it, move his operations there, and open what he envisions would be “the world’s largest indoor miniature train layout.” (In your face, Hamburg.) But Carbon County commissioners, nonplussed by his proposal (and others), have already […]

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 10:50 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Speeder at Sellwood Crossing

A speeder decked out with decorations and gifts in Portland, Oregon. Photo by patmans.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 9:09 am

CP Holiday Train Photos

R. Parent has a very nice set of photos of Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train in upstate New York. Previously: Holiday Train Roundup; ORHF’s Holiday Express; Daily Flickr Photo: Caltrain Holiday Train; Canadian Pacific Holiday Train; Holiday Trains.