Entries from December 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 6:47 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: New Train

Trains come in plastic wrapping too? (This is a Stadler FLIRT.) Photo by derbaron.

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 12:45 pm

SteamTRAIN 2 Released

SteamTRAIN 2 is a Macintosh-only computer game that gives you control of a 19th-century steam train. It’s a small download (less than three megabytes), and you can play it for up to 15 minutes at a time unless you register (which is $20). It’s not very resource-intensive, and will run on Macs built within the […]

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 12:04 pm

Charter a Private Rail Car

There are a number of privately owned passenger cars in North America; they’re generally pulled behind regular trains operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail (who charge the private car owners by the mile). Sure, you may not be able to afford one yourself, but, as Chicagoist and Gadling point out, you can charter one: for […]

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 11:17 am

Road/Rail Bus Being Tested

Speaking of Japanese prototypes undergoing testing. Road-rail vehicles are usually trucks adapted for maintenance of way purposes, but JR Hokkaido is testing a dual-mode passenger unit — essentially, a bus/RDC hybrid that can operate on both rails and roads. The idea, as was the case with diesel rail cars in the mid 20th century, is […]

Monday, December 18, 2006 at 10:26 am

Shinkansen N700 Series

Though it’s been in testing since the spring of last year, and there are photos of it on Flickr (see, for example, hiziri‘s photo at right), the N700-series Shinkansen — the main feature of which is that it adds tilting technology so that it can maintain higher speeds on tighter curves — made its press […]

Friday, December 15, 2006 at 10:31 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Bridge Out

This abandoned rail line in Illinois appears to have had its bridge burned out from under it. Photo by jimfrazier.

Friday, December 15, 2006 at 12:05 pm

Two More Model Railroad Blogs

I can say hardly anything about MJ-blog, because it’s in Danish. But Daniel Swearingen’s Train Blog looks very interesting: a major focus is the ongoing construction of his model railroad, but he digresses into related subjects, such as a critical look at Model Railroader over a 40-year period.

Friday, December 15, 2006 at 11:47 am

John West: A Life Wasted Chasing Trains

John West has spent nearly five decades taking pictures of trains, and he’s posted a collection of them online. It’s a bit hard to navigate (the photos are actually spread over several discrete user pages), but there’s a lot of first-rate stuff here: recent photos of Chinese steam; Rio Grande narrow gauge in the 1960s; […]

Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 8:06 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Royal Gorge Engine

The Royal Gorge Route‘s engine in Canon City, Colorado, looking cold. Photo by gamp.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 8:02 pm

Ottawa Kills Light Rail Plan

To follow up on my previous post, Ottawa’s city council has voted to choose neither plan to expand its light rail line, forgoing something like $400 million in federal and provincial funding and risking $250-300 million in claims from contractors on whom the city has now cancelled. The city has already spent $65 million; the […]