Entries from December 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Freshtopia Takes the Long Train

Here’s a short, three-minute video on the pleasures of rail travel that comes from Freshtopia, a team of environmental videobloggers. Environmentalists have long touted rail travel as an environmentally preferable alternative, especially in comparison with the huge amount of CO2 generated by air travel. As if you needed another reason.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 10:16 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Puffing Billy

One of the steam engines of the Puffing Billy Railway, a narrow gauge tourist line in Australia. Photo by Captain Chaos.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at 8:29 pm

Brass and Plastic Converge

I haven’t been in the hobby long enough to know if this is in any way new or if it’s happened all the time, but I’ve been noticing a trend recently where brass locomotive manufacturers and plastic locomotive manufacturers are converging. See, I always thought that some companies did brass, and some did plastic, and […]

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 8:56 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Swiss Train

I know: we’ve seen this scene before. I don’t care. Photo by Claudia1967.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 8:51 pm

News from Ottawa

I live about an hour outside Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, and lately there have been a couple of local rail-related stories that you might find interesting. First, Ottawa’s city council voted last week to revise a proposed expansion of their experimental light-rail project, the O-Train, which currently uses diesel-powered trainsets on existing (former CP) track, […]

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm

Holiday Train Roundup

David Jarvis has photos of the U.S. version of Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train stopping in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on Sunday. Dogcaught collects links to photos of the ORHF Holiday Express, which ran behind SP&S 4-8-4 #700 last weekend. CSX’s Santa Train was only led by a GP40-2, not a vintage steam engine, but Christopher Esposito […]

Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:16 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Dead End

Some overgrown track in Germany. Photo by nemo585.

Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:20 am

Milk, It Does a Locomotive Good

Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me: from the March 1938 issue of Modern Mechanix, a steam engine running on bricks of dried milk instead of coal. “The substitute fuel is said to have burned readily, providing as much heat as coal.” Does anyone know more about this? Via Make: Blog.

Monday, December 11, 2006 at 11:04 am

A Guide to Christmas Toy Train Layouts

If you’re interested in running a toy train at Christmastime, particularly of the O scale, three-rail sort (like Lionel), be sure not to miss OGaugeWatch.com‘s guide to building your first Christmas layout: part one deals with some of the basics in terms of getting started; part two talks about the starter sets from the various […]

Friday, December 8, 2006 at 9:31 pm

Daily Flickr Photo: Crew Change

Another winter scene from the Midwest, from last year: a Wisconsin & Southern E9 pulls into Fox Lake, Illinois for a crew change. I’m amazed they’re still running an E9 — is this in revenue service, or is this an excursion? Photo by Lampy.